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Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s Peeress’s Robes, worn at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953, possibly late 18th century with later alterations, Chatsworth


Cecil Beaton called Deborah ‘the most beautiful of all’ the peeresses in this off-the-shoulder robe, believed to have been reworked from an original worn by Georgiana, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire. In her memoirs, Deborah describes how she came to wear it:
"…Moucher [Mary Devonshire] was to have the robes that had been carefully put away by Granny Evie in 1937 after King George VI’s coronation. Chatsworth, as always, came to the rescue. There were a number of tin boxes…In the vain hope of finding something for me, we started going through them and, lo and behold, from beneath a ton of tissue paper in the box that had held Moucher’s, appeared a second crimson peeress’s robe. The velvet is of exceptional quality, so soft your fingers hardly know they’re touching it, and of such pure brilliant crimson as to make you blink." Deborah Devonshire, Wait for me! (John Murray, 2010)

Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire’s Peeress’s Robes, worn at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953, possibly late 18th century with later alterations, Chatsworth

Cecil Beaton called Deborah ‘the most beautiful of all’ the peeresses in this off-the-shoulder robe, believed to have been reworked from an original worn by Georgiana, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire. In her memoirs, Deborah describes how she came to wear it:

"…Moucher [Mary Devonshire] was to have the robes that had been carefully put away by Granny Evie in 1937 after King George VI’s coronation. Chatsworth, as always, came to the rescue. There were a number of tin boxes…In the vain hope of finding something for me, we started going through them and, lo and behold, from beneath a ton of tissue paper in the box that had held Moucher’s, appeared a second crimson peeress’s robe. The velvet is of exceptional quality, so soft your fingers hardly know they’re touching it, and of such pure brilliant crimson as to make you blink."
Deborah Devonshire, Wait for me! (John Murray, 2010)

1960’s, Japan
That coat.  omg that coat.
Also, is anybody able to read the text?  Is this an ad?  I’d like to be able to tag it correctly if it is.  It kind of is.  Sort of.

1960’s, Japan

That coat.  omg that coat.

Also, is anybody able to read the text?  Is this an ad?  I’d like to be able to tag it correctly if it is.  It kind of is.  Sort of.

(Left) Cocktail dress by Victor Steibel, late 1950’s London - Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
(Right) Evening dress by Miss Ford, ca 1957 London - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
Miss Ford was a little known designer who designed clothing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret throughout their early lives.
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(Left) Cocktail dress by Victor Steibel, late 1950’s London - Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

(Right) Evening dress by Miss Ford, ca 1957 London - Bust is 86cm/34in, waist is 61cm/24in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

Miss Ford was a little known designer who designed clothing for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret throughout their early lives.

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Evening dress, date missing (ca 1950’s?) - Bust is 81-86cm/32-34in, about a size 4-8 UK/0-4 US.
(Below) Ballgown, ca 1940 - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
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Evening dress, date missing (ca 1950’s?) - Bust is 81-86cm/32-34in, about a size 4-8 UK/0-4 US.

(Below) Ballgown, ca 1940 - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

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Day dress, possibly by Jean Patou, 1935 France - Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.
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Day dress, possibly by Jean Patou, 1935 France - Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.

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Cocktail dress, early 1930’s - Bust is 32in/81cm, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
(Below) Evening dress, ca 1930 - Bust is 102cm/40in, about a size 18 UK/14 US.
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Cocktail dress, early 1930’s - Bust is 32in/81cm, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

(Below) Evening dress, ca 1930 - Bust is 102cm/40in, about a size 18 UK/14 US.

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Evening dresses, 1930’s
(Left) Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
(Right) Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.
(Below) Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.
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Evening dresses, 1930’s

(Left) Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

(Right) Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.

(Below) Bust is 86cm/34in, about a size 8 UK/4 US.

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(Left) Evening cape, ca 1935
(Right) Evening dress, ca 1925 - Bust is 97cm/38in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.
(Below) Evening dress, ca 1930 - Bust is 76cm/30in…I don’t even know what size that would have to be.  Like a 0 UK/-2 US or something?
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(Left) Evening cape, ca 1935

(Right) Evening dress, ca 1925 - Bust is 97cm/38in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.

(Below) Evening dress, ca 1930 - Bust is 76cm/30in…I don’t even know what size that would have to be.  Like a 0 UK/-2 US or something?

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(Left) Dress, early 1930’s? - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.
(Right) Dress by Bechoff, ca 1929 Paris - Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.
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(Left) Dress, early 1930’s? - Bust is 81cm/32in, about a size 4 UK/0 US.

(Right) Dress by Bechoff, ca 1929 Paris - Bust is 86-92cm/34-36in, about a size 8-12 UK/4-8 US.

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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s
Bust is 97cm/38in, waist is 71cm/28in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.
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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s

Bust is 97cm/38in, waist is 71cm/28in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.

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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s
Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 64cm/25in, about a size 12 UK/8 US.
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Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s

Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 64cm/25in, about a size 12 UK/8 US.

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