Evans Brothers. London. 1955. First edition. Hardback; blue boards, with gilt titles, dust jacket. Signed bt Norman Hartnell in ink to half-title. 143 pages. 34 colour and b&w hors-texte plates, head-pieces to each chapter. English. 255 x 185mm. 0.65kg. . Very good in good dust jacket; light wear and soiling to jacket, light wear to forecorners and spine ends, strengthened with paper tape to verso, spine and edges browned, not price-clipped.
A signed copy of Norman Hartnell's autobiography. In his own words Hartnell explores his career as the couturier to the British royal family. He takes the reader behind the scenes at occasions such as Queen Elizabeth's wedding and coronation. The text is accompanied by reproductions of Hartnell's fashion drawings. From the library of theatre designer David Collis, with a gift inscription from a friend in pencil to the front endpaper - 'David, To encourage him in his new career. Rob L. May 1980.'