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The gown worn by Wallis Simpson when she married the Duke of Windsor

Mainbocher, 1937

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The gown was originally a specially-made shade of “Wallis Blue” but has since faded due to instability in the dye.  I found the blue dress in the picture on google somewhere. I’m not sure where it’s from, but it shows what the dress would have originally looked like.

Just two of the types of luggage Wallis Simpson took with her on her travels. Both were made by Goyard of Paris in the 1940s. On top is a document case lined in yellow silk satin and on the bottom a trunk lined in cream silk. Notice ‘The Duchess of Windsor’ prominently labeled on the luggage. Wallis did use luggage tags, one with her title and Paris address stamped on faux tortoiseshell. Photo from Sotheby’s catalog.

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The Duchess of Windsor’s flamingo brooch is among the many Cartier jewels on display in Cartier biggest exhibition. The brooch was created by Jeanne Toussaint, Toussaint became director of Cartier’s luxury jewellery department in 1933. In a career spanning the decades, she designed and created some of the world’s most exquisite pieces of jewellery. The brooch was made with platinum gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, calibré-cut emeralds, sapphires, rubies and one citrine.

Cartier Style and History will be at the Grand Palais from 4 December 2013 - 16 February 2014

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