Noël Coward Exhibition: Molyneux Dress Reconstruction

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Renowned for his elegant fashion, Noël Coward is an enduring style icon. Our new major exhibition Noël Coward: Art & Style celebrates original pieces from Noël's personal wardrobe as well as costumes from his fashionably designed productions.

The exhibition includes a specially commissioned, meticulous reconstruction of a white silk dress, worn by Gertrude Lawrence in Private Lives in 1930, originally designed by couturier Edward Molyneux. The dress was part of Coward's original conception of the play, and Gertrude Lawrence's modelling of it adorned the pages of Vogue and it became an icon of the era.

Costume designer Henry Wilkinson will be undertaking the reconstruction under the supervision of Timothy Morgan-Owen, a Gertrude Lawrence expert.

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