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The Queen's Coronation dress replica helped by Brighton student

Harrods window display
Image caption A replica of The Queen's Coronation dress was made for the Diamond Jubilee

A Brighton student has helped recreate the Queen's Coronation dress for a Harrods Diamond Jubilee window display.

Jane Hattrick, has been looking into the life of the Queen's couturier, Norman Hartnell, as part of her research at the University of Brighton.

She found the original dress motifs, patterns and embroidery designs which were then used by the costumiers to recreate it for the window.

"I discovered Hartnell's archive," said Ms Hattrick, a dress historian.

'Complicated process'

"This vast collection of material contained everything from his baby photographs to his death certificate, and hundreds of sketched dress designs and correspondence," she said.

Using Ms Hattrick's research, the dress was recreated by Angels The Costumiers with whole project taking four months to complete, to ensure it was as accurate as possible.

Jen Davies from Angels said: "Researching this dress was a long and slightly complicated process, as there are very few images of the dress to work from.

"The dress itself, made from white silk zibeline, and heavily beaded and embroidered, took around two to three weeks to recreate."

Ms Davies said that Ms Hattrick's research helped "Angels considerably in ensuring the replica was as close to the original as possible".

Ms Hattrick also put Angels in touch with the Norman Hartnell archives in Cornwall, which still has the original swatches that were taken to the palace, with the embroidery samples representing various Commonwealth and UK countries.

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