Princess Margaret, 1960
The designer behind Princess Elizabeth’s monumental wedding gown was called on again in 1960 when the now-Queen’s younger sister Princess Margaret announced her engagement to the Earl of Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones. Utilising 30 metres of silk organza in the skirt alone, Norman Hartnell created a wedding dress that was emblematic of Princess Margaret’s chic style, and to this day is praised for its simplicity and sophisticated restraint. The fitted bodice and diaphanous silk skirt had hardly any embellishment at all. It was the grand, sparkling Poltimore tiara, which held Princess Margaret’s cascading veil to her high beehive hairdo, that truly made the ensemble an icon of bridal style. The tiara of diamonds set in gold and silver can be converted into a necklace and – to give a sense of its size – 11 brooches.