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Christian Dior sketching a fashion design, 1948
In 1947 Christian Dior (1905-1957) created a sensational collection labelled the 'New Look.' His designs centred around gowns with an 18 inch waist, which focused attention on the bust and hips. He paired the nipped in waist with a full skirt, using a large amount of material. These designs were seen as luxuriously extravagant because of the rationing that was still in force, following the Second World War. Dior developed his talents through a study of art which included painting, magazine illustration and European architecture.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - presentation of sceptre
Royal Wedding cake made by Huntley & Palmers (of Reading, Berkshire) for Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) on the occasion of her marriage to Phillip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. The icing department worked continuously for three weeks on the cake which was originally designed to weigh 400lb! In the end Buckingham Palace requested a reduced 'austerity' cake of only 195lb... The cake was created/decorated by Jack Bryant (Head confectioner) with the help of his father William Bryant. Date: 1947
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
British patients with Quex cannon collection
Four Imperial VAD hospital patients standing by some of the cannon collection in Quex Park. At the time of the First World War these were grouped in front of the Round Tower on the Quex Park estate. The men are wearing the hospital uniform of Imperial patients - called 'hospital blues' it comprised blue serge jacket and trousers, white shirt and red tie. The men are also wearing scarves or mufflers. The cannon collection was created by John Powell Powell (1769-1849), an ancestor of Major Percy Powell-Cotton. The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Date: circa 1916
© The Powell-Cotton Museum Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library