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French ball gown worn by Queen Maud of Norway, 1900s.

Photo by Frode Larsen.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway.

Queen Maud of Norway was renowned for her stylish dress. Daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, she was born a princess and became Queen of Norway in 1905. She had exemplary taste and a strong interest in fashion, and her royal lifestyle required appropriate dress for every occasion. Her wardrobe includes a range of stunning creations dating from her wedding trousseau of 1896 to the latest House of Worth designs purchased just months before her death in 1938.

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The Queen Regnant’s of The British Isles, Crowned and Uncrowned

the truth is
you were born for you.
you were wanted by you.
you came for you.
you are here for you.
your existence is yours.
yes.

― Nayyirah Waheed, Nejma

Vernon silk laces blouse, detail, worn by Queen Maud of Norway, 1915.

Photo by Teigens Fotoatelier.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway.

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Musk Ox

The musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) is an Arctic mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted during the seasonal rut by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season. Its Inuktitut name “umingmak” translates to “the bearded one”. Muskoxen primarily live in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, with small introduced populations in Sweden, Siberia, Norway, and Alaska. 

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The five granddaughters of Queen Victoria who became consorts of several European thrones (Norway, Greece, Russia, Romania, and Spain).

Maud of Wales, Queen consort of Norway, the youngest daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, the eldest son of Queen Victoria.

Sophie of Prussia, Queen consort of Greece, the daughter of Victoria, Princess Royal, the firstborn of Queen Victoria.

Alix of Hesse, Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress consort of Russia, the daughter of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, the second daughter of Queen Victoria.

Marie of Edinburgh, Queen consort of Romania, the eldest daughter of Prince Alfred of the United Kingdom, the second son of Queen Victoria.

Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen consort of Spain, the only daughter of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, the youngest child of Queen Victoria.

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Callot Soeurs evening gowns worn by Queen Maud of Norway, 1910-1913.

Style and Splendour, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The fashion design house Callot Soeurs opened in 1895 at 24, rue Taitbout in Paris, France. It was operated by the four Callot sisters: Marie Callot Gerber, Marthe Callot Bertrand, Regina Callot Tennyson-Chantrell and Joséphine Callot Crimont. The sisters were born in France to a Russian family.

Queen Maud of Norway was renowned for her stylish dress. Daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, she was born a princess and became Queen of Norway in 1905. She had exemplary taste and a strong interest in fashion, and her royal lifestyle required appropriate dress for every occasion. Her wardrobe includes a range of stunning creations dating from her wedding trousseau of 1896 to the latest House of Worth designs purchased just months before her death in 1938.

Style and Splendour: The Wardrobe of Queen Maud of Norway 1896-1938: Amazon.co.uk: North Susan: 9781851774548: Books.  

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Queen Maud + pink

Of the wardrobe today in The National Museum in Oslo, a predominantely large part of the dresses are pink. It’s said to have been Queen Maud’d favourite colour, especially the more beige dominated borderlining “deadleaf”, the big hit colour of the 1930s. Pink is present in her wedding trousseau, in her exquisite 1897 fancy dress, in day dresses and in gala gowns. Here’s some favourites (all in the care of The National Museum in Oslo).

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 Camp in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Morin-Blossier evening gown worn by Queen Maud of Norway, 1900s. 

Machine and hand-sewn gold lamé fabric covered with silk tulle embroidered with metallic thread. 

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway.

Morin-Blossier

French tailoring workshop, active in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the creations of which may be found in numerous museums today. The founders Victoire Morin and Marie Blossier moved to Paris from Vienna some time after 1878, and were at the height of their success between 1885 and 1905. They specialized in the clothing of the court, which was heavily influenced by the fashions of Middle Europe, and became tailors to Queen Maud of Norway, Queen Alexandra of England, Queen Margherita of Italy, Queen Alexandra of Denmark, and the Russian Tsarinas. The workshop closed down after World War I. (x)

Queen Maud of Norway

Queen Maud was renowned for her stylish dress. Daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, she was born a princess and became Queen of Norway in 1905. She had exemplary taste and a strong interest in fashion, and her royal lifestyle required appropriate dress for every occasion. Her wardrobe includes a range of stunning creations dating from her wedding trousseau of 1896 to the latest House of Worth designs purchased just months before her death in 1938.