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Hawes & Curtis creates collection inspired by the Queen's military uniform

Lauretta Roberts
30 August 2018

Hawes & Curtis has partnered with the National Army Museum to create a limited edition collection inspired by the uniform Queen Elizabeth II wore as a young princess during the Second World War.

From 1949 to 1953 Princess Elizabeth carried out her duties as an Honorary Brigadier in the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) before resigning these appointments on becoming Queen in 1953.

Hawes & Curtis has been creating luxury shirts and tailoring since 1913 and the company produced the original khaki shirt and tie for Princess Elizabeth's Women's Royal Army Corps uniform in 1949. Hawes & Curtis has been a firm favourite for royalty and the brand was awarded four Royal Warrants from The Duke of Windsor, King George VI and The Duke of Edinburgh.

The brand has re-created a one-off replica of the original fine cotton uniform shirt, which is currently on display in the National Army Museum shop. The limited edition collection includes bespoke prints designed in honour of the collaboration. Printed silk ties and pocket squares are inspired by the regimental stripes on the Queen's jacket while contemporary women's blouses feature a vibrant print inspired by the ribbons on the royal uniform. Cufflinks in the shape of Military buttons on the uniform jacket complete the collection.

Sophie Anderton, curator at the National Army Museum, said of the partnership: "Part of our role as a museum is to preserve our amazing collections for the public and future generations, but it is also about keeping those items relevant and sharing their history in new and different ways.

"Our partnership with Hawes & Curtis has given us the opportunity to look at the production of uniform, specifically the Queen's, which they tailored items for, and uncover the heritage behind it. It's very exciting to be working with the same tailor to produce new items influenced by the Queen's uniform, and it also demonstrates the timeless inspiration that comes from army fashion."

Hawes & Curtis CEO Touker Souleyman added: "The partnership with the National Army Museum celebrates Hawes & Curtis' royal heritage and highlights the Military's influence on contemporary fashion."

The partnership was envisioned and delivered by AKA, the arts and entertainment marketing agency and the collection is available to purchase from the National Army Museum shop and the Hawes & Curtis flagship on Jermyn Street, as well as online at www.hawesandcurtis.co.uk and www.nam.ac.uk/shop.

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