Five costumes from Season Two of the acclaimed television series THE CROWN have today been unveiled in the Christmas window of British furniture and furnishing store HEAL’S.
The launch ties in with HEAL’S’s Christmas Market and celebrates the release of THE CROWN: SEASON TWO on Blu-ray™ and DVD – on sale now in store.
HEAL’S will exhibit the costumes from THE CROWN in a themed window display at its flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, London, until Thursday 20th December.
The costumes were designed by Costume Designer Jane Petrie, who in 2018 won the Emmy® for Outstanding Period Costumes and the Costume Designers Guild Awards for Excellence in Period Television for her work on the second season of the show.
THE CROWN: SEASON TWO follows Queen Elizabeth II through the late 1950s and early ’60s as she struggles to navigate a world that’s changing around her. She must face the challenges of a new era, from the Suez Canal crisis to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, while preserving both the monarchy and her marriage.
The multi-award-winning series, created by Peter Morgan, continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision. Season 3 is in production and will air on Netflix in 2019.
The link between HEAL’S and the Royal Family goes back many years. In April 1977, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year, HEAL’s was tasked with restoring Buckingham Palace’s 60ft banqueting table, and in 1958 the brand was commissioned by Princess Margaret to make several pieces for her home, prior to her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones.
The five costumes, being exhibited for the first time in the UK, are as follows:
WALLIS, DUCHESS OF WINDSOR
Metallic silver and gold silk dress with large statement glass flower necklace and olive suede shoes, also from episode 6, ‘Vergangenheit’. The necklace is from Costume Designer Jane Petrie’s own stock and reflected Wallis’s unique and audacious fashion sense.
EDWARD, DUKE OF WINDSOR
Dark green velvet smoking jacket with pale green lapels, silk bow tie and velvet shoes, from episode 6, ‘Vergangenheit.’ The episode centres on the Duke of Windsor’s search for a new purpose in life, having grown tired of his life of leisure exiled in France.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Pale blue lace and silk organza dress with a matching bolero jacket from episode 7, ‘Matrimonium,’ in which Princess Margaret seeks her sister’s permission to announce her engagement to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. Claire Foy’s costume is a close copy of Norman Hartnell’s original design for the Queen’s outfit for her sister, Princess Margaret’s, wedding at Westminster Abbey in May 1960.
Matching skirt and jacket with a black silk blouse and suede gloves, also from episode 7, ‘Matrimonium,’ and designed by Jane Petrie specifically for actress Vanessa Kirby, who won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA® for her performance as Princess Margaret. Designer Jane Petrie worked closely with the actors to collaborate on the design process and create costumes that felt authentic to the essence of the character.
Black cotton and yellow silk satin evening dress with black gloves from episode 8, ‘Dear Mrs Kennedy.’ The episode sees President Kennedy and his wife Jackie visit Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. Jackie’s costume is a close copy of the black silk velvet and Chinese silk satin yellow evening dress designed by Chez Ninon that Jackie wore to a White House state dinner in September 1961.