Arbitrary Apparel Appreciation · Norway

Arbitrary Apparel Appreciation-Astrid of Norway

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More princess Astrid of Norway? Ask, and you shall receive. ✨ The princess took over many of the duties after the death of her mother, Crown Princess Märtha, in 1954. It meant she functioned as the hostess at the Royal Palace, and followed her father, King Olav V, when he represented in Norway and abroad. She was also at his side at the consecration in 1958. She remained the first lady until 1968, and these 14 years as first lady is reflected in her wardrobe. A curated selection of this wardrobe was later donated by the princess to #Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo, today a part of The National Museum of Norway. Featured here is the attire she wore to her father’s consecration in 1958; a cream silk ensemble with sculpted metallic roses. Without jacket it could also be worn as a gala gown, as in the photo from the king’s first official visit abroad in 1958. The second collage shows the full ensemble in use, and it strikes me how the jacket has been designed with two specific needs in mind. Etiquette demanding elbow-length gloves meant the jacket got short sleeves. The planned wear of a metallic order collar also meant the neckline was rounded and followed the shape of the metallic collar. This wasn’t only tailor-made for the wearer, but also for the occasion. But then with a thought of how it could also be a gala gown without the jacket. As shown, it was indeed worn both ways. ✨ The attire was – no surprise – made by Molstad in Oslo (OK-1996-0095). #prinsesseastrid #princessastridofnorway #molstad #signing #gallakjole #galagown #galadress #1950sfashion #nasjonalmuseet #kongolav

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A convertible gown? HECK YES!!!

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