Coronation Festival 2013

John Lewis’ sketches 1953



John Lewis has delved into its archive to recreate four

dresses for the Coronation Festival at Buckingham

Palace this weekend. The pieces are based on sketches

and prints from 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation.


The dresses will feature in a catwalk show as part of the

daytime entertainment programme during the three day

festival, a celebration of 60 years of fashion from royal

warrant holders. Catwalk presentations, which are a

highlight of the Coronation Festival‘s agenda,will

feature four thematically organized shows. The lineups,

intended to showcase the last 60 years in British fashion,

include: The Vintage Picnic Collection, British

daywear, “a traditional blend of Summer silhouettes”; 

Reinvention, designs with an emphasis on innovation

and sustainability; Best of British, a tribute to English

classics,”celebrating British lifestyle, pursuits, and

pastimes”; Diamonds and Pearls, the red carpet finale,

these designs will be fit for the most opulent of British

affairs from “a day at the races to a masquerade ball”.

 The John Lewis dresses will go on display in the

Oxford Street store window from July 15 to 19,

alongside original 1953 brochure images. Other

brands to feature in the showcase include Hunter,

Daks and Alice Temperley. The Coronation Festival

runs from tomorrow Friday July 12, until Sunday July 14.




John Lewis’ 1953 sketches



John Lewis’ 1953 sketches