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Debutante Collection

Background imageDebutante Collection: Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart

Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the younger daughter of the Marquess of Londonderry. Shown here a couple of months before her coming-out dance on 8th July at Londonderry House

Background imageDebutante Collection: Lady Elizabeth and Lady Rose Paget by Mme Yevonde

Lady Elizabeth and Lady Rose Paget by Mme Yevonde
Lady Elizabeth and Lady Rose Paget by Madame Yevonde. Lady Elizabeth Hester Mary Paget (1916-1980) was the second daughter of the 6th Marquess of Anglesey, making her debut in 1933

Background imageDebutante Collection: Mrs George Keppel and her daughter

Mrs George Keppel and her daughter
Alice Keppel, mistress of King Edward VII, pictured with her debutante daughter, Violet (later Trefusis). The Tatler reports that Mrs Keppel threw a wonderfully successful ball at the beginning of

Background imageDebutante Collection: Miss Jennifer Stratton

Miss Jennifer Stratton
Cover of The Tatler featuring Miss Jennifer Stratton, one of the debutantes of 1956, wearing the dress in which she attended Queen Charlottes Ball. She is the daughter of Major and Mrs F.J. Stratton

Background imageDebutante Collection: Silver Soap Suds by Cecil Beaton in The Sketch, 1930

Silver Soap Suds by Cecil Beaton in The Sketch, 1930
Miss Baba Beaton, (the photographers sister), the Hon. Mrs Charles Baillie-Hamilton (formerly Miss Wanda Holden) and Lady Bridget Poulett shown as decorative soap suds in a photograph by Cecil

Background imageDebutante Collection: Primrose Phyllis Salt by Madame Yevonde

Primrose Phyllis Salt by Madame Yevonde. She was the daughter of Major-General Harold Francis Salt DSO, making her debut in 1933. Date: 1933

Background imageDebutante Collection: Bystander front cover featuring Miss Marjorie Leigh

Bystander front cover featuring Miss Marjorie Leigh
Front cover of The Bystander featuring a colour photograph by Raphael of Miss Marjorie Leigh, debutante daughter of Sir John Leigh Bt. M.P. and Lady Leigh

Background imageDebutante Collection: Reville court dress advertisement, 1927

Reville court dress advertisement, 1927
Advertisement for Reville Ltd, dressmakers of Hanover Square, who specialised in particular in gowns for court presentations, approved by Their Majesties for Ladies attending. Date: 1927

Background imageDebutante Collection: Irene Cholmondeley and stepmother by Madame Yevonde

Irene Cholmondeley and stepmother by Madame Yevonde
Irene Cholmondeley (1913-?) and her stepmother by Madame Yevonde. She was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Lord George Hugo Cholmondeley

Background imageDebutante Collection: Elsie Kay, Maie Ash & Katleen Dawn, The Catch of the Season

Elsie Kay, Maie Ash & Katleen Dawn, The Catch of the Season
Elsie Kay, Maie Ash and Kathleen Dawn in a wonderful publicity photograph for the popular comedy musical, The Catch of the Season at the Vaudeville Theatre

Background imageDebutante Collection: Court gowns by Reville

Court gowns by Reville
Court gowns approved by King George V and Queen Mary for presentation at court in the year 1926. Designed by Reville of Hanover Square. Date: 1926

Background imageDebutante Collection: The Tatler cover - Fashion for debutantes - party

The Tatler cover - Fashion for debutantes - party
Front cover of society magazine, The Tatler featuring a photograph of people doing what looks like the twist at the annual ball of the Heythrop Hunt held at R.A.F. Little Rissington

Background imageDebutante Collection: A Vintage Season for Debutantes

A Vintage Season for Debutantes
Page from The Tatler by the magazines social editor, Jennifer, listing some of the events taking place during the Season of 1957, together with portraits of two debutantes

Background imageDebutante Collection: Harrods ballgown of nylon net, 1958

Harrods ballgown of nylon net, 1958
Advertisement for a Harrods ballgown of nylon net and lace with a billowing skirt on a fitted swathed top. Perfect for a debutante, though inadvisable to stand near open fires while wearing it

Background imageDebutante Collection: The Sketch debutante number front cover 1956

The Sketch debutante number front cover 1956
Front cover of The Sketch magazines debutante number, featuring the face of a woman wearing pink gloves, hiding partially behind a small posy of violets

Background imageDebutante Collection: Madame Vacani

Madame Vacani
Madame Marguerite Vacani, dance and deportment teacher pictured in caricature as walking on air, and admired by a group of adoring debutantes

Background imageDebutante Collection: The First Court of 1922

The First Court of 1922
Debutantes bow to King George V and Queen Mary during the first court of 1922 at Buckingham Palace. Each debutante curtsies twice before withdrawing

Background imageDebutante Collection: The Supreme Moment

The Supreme Moment
Debutantes, clad in their finery curtsey to King George V and Queen Mary during a court presentation. Thus they are launched into " Society"

Background imageDebutante Collection: Jazz Debutante - woman and three men

Jazz Debutante - woman and three men
Jazz Debutante - young woman in a pink dress with three men in evening dress. 1926

Background imageDebutante Collection: A court dress to curtsey in from Harvey Nichols, 1935

A court dress to curtsey in from Harvey Nichols, 1935
Advertisement for the department store, Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London, advertising a gown of classic simplicity to wear to a court presentation

Background imageDebutante Collection: Diana Lewis in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

Diana Lewis in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) wore this spring suit in navy wool designed by Dolly Tree. The gracefully flared skirt was topped by a snug-fitting jacket that buttoned to a V

Background imageDebutante Collection: Lady Sarah Spencer-Churchill

Lady Sarah Spencer-Churchill (1922 -2000) was the daughter of the 10th Duke of Marlborough and cousin to Winston Churchill. She emigrated to the USA in 1945, and was reknowned for her charity work

Background imageDebutante Collection: Introducing a Lady to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte

Introducing a Lady to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte
Debutante Ceremony of Introducing a Lady to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte at the Court of St James's, 1766 Date: 1766

Background imageDebutante Collection: Page from The Tatler reporting on the coming out dance of Christine Sekers

Page from The Tatler reporting on the coming out dance of Christine Sekers, daughter of Miki Sekers. The event was held at Syon Park where a nightclub was created by with moss-covered castellated

Background imageDebutante Collection: Cartoon, The End of the Season (Disraeli)

Cartoon, The End of the Season (Disraeli)
Cartoon, The End of the Season -- Benjamin Disraeli (Miss Dizzy), dressed as a debutante, gets ready for the last event of the season

Background imageDebutante Collection: The Debs Progress by Molly Bishop

The Debs Progress by Molly Bishop
The Debs Progress: No. 1 by Molly Bishop. Invaluable advice to those about to come out - out-dress your rivals at Ascot. A young lady in an flamboyant dress

Background imageDebutante Collection: Cartoon, The Belle of the Season (Russell and Reform)

Cartoon, The Belle of the Season (Russell and Reform)
Cartoon, The Belle of the Season -- a satirical comment on Lord John Russells promise that reform measures will be taken in the next parliamentary session

Background imageDebutante Collection: Miss Margaret Whigham and Lord Selby

Miss Margaret Whigham and Lord Selby
Margaret Whigham (1912 - 1993), British society figure, debutante of the year in 1930. Later Mrs Charles Sweeny, after marrying the American golfer, and then Duchess of Argyll

Background imageDebutante Collection: Miss Margaret Whigham with her harp

Miss Margaret Whigham with her harp
Margaret Whigham (1912 - 1993), British society figure, debutante of the year in 1930. Later Mrs Charles Sweeny, after marrying the American golfer, and then Duchess of Argyll

Background imageDebutante Collection: The future Lady Warwick, Miss Margaret Whigham

The future Lady Warwick, Miss Margaret Whigham
Portrait of Margaret Whigham, later Mrs Charles Sweeny, and then the Duchess of Argyll, pictured in The Tatler at the time of her engagement to the Earl of Warwick

Background imageDebutante Collection: Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940). Date: 1940

Background imageDebutante Collection: Royal Ascot fashions for mother & debutante daughter

Royal Ascot fashions for mother & debutante daughter
Two dresses for a debutante and her mother to wear to Royal Ascot in 1933 from Derry and Toms. On the left is a gown of white lawn embroidered in Wedgwood blue, and trimmed with kilted ruffles

Background imageDebutante Collection: Debutante gown from Harvey Nichols, 1933

Debutante gown from Harvey Nichols, 1933
A debutante frock in primrose yellow net with a rich brown velvet sash. Delicately tucked panels, ending in ever-widening frills, give an air of gossamer lightness to the skirt

Background imageDebutante Collection: Cartoon, The Coming Season - debutantes

Cartoon, The Coming Season - debutantes getting ready for all the social events. 1870

Background imageDebutante Collection: Margaret Whigham with Marquess of Donegall at St. Moritz

Margaret Whigham with Marquess of Donegall at St. Moritz
Miss Margaret Whigham, later Mrs Charles Sweeny and then Duchess of Argyll, pictured at St. Moritz with the Marquess of Donegall (Edward Chichester) in the year she was presented at court. 1930

Background imageDebutante Collection: Rosamond Broughton with Miss Gibbs by Madame Yevonde

Rosamond Broughton with Miss Gibbs by Madame Yevonde
Miss Rosamond Broughton, debutante daughter of Sir Delves and Lady Broughton, pictured with her young, Siamese gibbon, Miss Gibbs, who is clinging on to her shoulder in the most affectionate manner

Background imageDebutante Collection: Lady Tweedsmuir and daughter Joanna by Madame Yevonde

Lady Tweedsmuir and daughter Joanna by Madame Yevonde
Priscilla Jean Fortescue Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie, PC (nÚÑáThomson; 25 January 1915 11 March 1978), Unionist and Conservative politician and wife of Johnnie Buchan

Background imageDebutante Collection: Margaret Whigham at the Famous Beauties Ball

Margaret Whigham at the Famous Beauties Ball
Miss Margaret Whigham, later Mrs Charles Sweeny and then Duchess of Argyll, pictured with her pet poodle dressed up a Perdita/Mrs Robinson at the Famous Beauties Ball at the Dorchester on 25 June

Background imageDebutante Collection: Sketch - Engagement of Margaret Whigham & Earl of Warwick

Sketch - Engagement of Margaret Whigham & Earl of Warwick
Front cover of The Sketch magazine reporting on the engagement of popular debutante, Margaret Whigham ( the most talked-of, photographed, and paragraphed debutante ) to the Earl of Warwick

Background imageDebutante Collection: The last dance of the season 1906

The last dance of the season 1906
Disappointed night for some of the debutantes, at the end of a long evening of dancing and being entertained by young gentlemen, some of the society ladies have come away empty handed! 1906

Background imageDebutante Collection: Debutantes court gowns of 1905

Debutantes court gowns of 1905
A page of Debutantes wearing traditional white court gowns. Date: 1905

Background imageDebutante Collection: Monica Grenfell

Monica Grenfell
The Hon. Monica Grenfell, elder daughter of Lord and Lady Desborough. Sister to Julian and Billy Grenfell who were both killed during the First World War

Background imageDebutante Collection: Miss Patience Brand

Miss Patience Brand
Patience Boo Brand, daughter of Lt.-Colonel Brand and Lady Rosabelle Brand. She served in the WVS Canteen Service during the second World War aged 18. 1939

Background imageDebutante Collection: Debutante poses in a shop window, 1928

Debutante poses in a shop window, 1928
A novel window display in a store in Knightsbridge, London during the summer season, showing a young woman dressed in a court gown with bouquet

Background imageDebutante Collection: Long White Gloves 1912

Long White Gloves 1912
A rather sly looking debutante puts on an extremely long pair of white kid leather evening gloves. She wears a bandeau in her hair. Date: 1912

Background imageDebutante Collection: DEBS CURTSEYING 1934

DEBS CURTSEYING 1934
Debutante pupils of Mrs Ruby Peeler practice their curtseys ready for presentation at court. They have practice trains pinned on the back of their frocks. Date: 1934



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