Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Gown

We're pleased to introduce The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It was recently published and is receiving rave reviews. Thanks to William Morrow, we have one copy to give away!

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

“Marvelous and moving, a vivid portrait of female self-reliance in a world racked by the cost of war.”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

“Robson has managed to craft a story that is personal and universal, timely and timeless.”
— Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

Photo by Natalie Brown
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France and Goodnight from London. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and young children.

With The Gown, Jennifer drew from her academic background, as well as from two years of research, including interviews with the last surviving seamstress who worked on Elizabeth’s gown, Betty Foster, and visits with the master embroiders at Hand & Lock, a bespoke hand embroidery atelier in London. At Hand & Lock, Robson reconstructed one of the distinctive star flower motifs from Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

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32 comments:

Janine said...

My last wedding gown wasn't very fancy. It just had pleats all over it and skinny spaghetti straps to hold it up. It was the first one I tried and only cost $100. This book sounds really good. I hope I get the chance to read it.

rhonda said...

My first and only wedding was beautiful custom made with a custom made veil all for the royal price of around 500.oo I felt like a princess.This book is getting raves sounds perfect for me,

Carla S. said...

My first wedding gown was white with beautiful lace and bead work. Very traditional style. The dress I wore for my second wedding was ivory with lace trim.

Susan I said...

I bought my wedding dress in August for my November wedding. It was perfect in August--not so much in November. But it had a simple satiny halter style white bodice, and a layered tulle skirt.

Suburban prep said...

I bought an off white cream dress that was sleeveless but I had short sleeves added due to the time of year (I got married in November). It was a sheer sleeve. There was some embroidery on top and a tiny bit on the skirt part of the dress. It was a Pronovias dress. I bought the dress in May and I am glad that the sleeves were added as I had surgery on the upper part of one arm shortly before my wedding. I am having a hard time describing it but I went to about 10 different places looking for a dress and it was the one that caught my attention and now 20 yrs later I still am glad that was the one I picked.

Peggy Russo said...

My wedding gown was a beautiful floor length gown with a sheer, lace trimmed overlay and train and sleeves. It had a sweetheart neckline trimmed in the same lace. I wore a hat (it was 1981 LOL) with a small, light veil that rested on the hat after the ceremony. I had seen the dress in a magazine and searched for it for months. It was the first one I tried on and I fell in love. No other dress I tried came close.

traveler said...

My favorite dress which was vintage and fit beautifully was from 1950. Gorgeous baby blue and chiffon material which flowed and was perfect for dancing. Fitted bodice and belted waist which made me feel light as a feather.

Karen K said...

I had a traditional Chinese gowm for mine, it was red with gold threading.

Kelley B said...

My gown was white, sheer back and sleeves. My head was adorned with a hat! lol

Kristy F said...

My wedding dress made me cry as soon as I put it on. It had short sleeves, which was definitely unusual. Also had a sort of wrap style, which made me look like I had a waist and a corset back. The prettiest dress I have ever owned.

Angie said...

Mine was ivory, cut straight, and had lots of flowers embroidered. It reminded me of something Audrey Hepburn would wear.

dstoutholcomb said...

mine was a total early 90s dress--sweetheart neckline, poufy off the shoulders short sleeves with rosette trim, beading, white satin, and a chapel length train.

denise

Bonnie K. said...

My mother found a Jessica McClintock dress in clearance at our local dress shop. It's old-fashioned style, long dress with sheer sleeves with lacy cuffs and sheer neckline with flowered collar, fitted waist line. The dress was silky and simple with only the cuffs, collar and lacy trim along neckline. I had a white veil with flowered headband. My thought when I saw it was that it was perfect for me. It fit me perfectly.

Elena Y. said...

My wedding gown I purchased online and it was a mix of traditional and modern style: short sleeves and a little bit "princess" style and it was white. For after the ceremony, I wore a Chinese traditional red gown made of Chinese satin with golden details. This wedding gown was the prettiest dress I have ever owned.

Stacie @SincerelyStacie said...

My wedding gown was a dream! I had tried on several dresses and my sister insisted that I try on this certain dress and I didn't care for it on the hanger, but I obliged. As soon as I turned to look in the mirror, I started tearing up. I couldn't believe it. It was perfect. I felt like a princess on that day in 1999 and I absolutely loved it. It was $800 which was a lot of money for one day, but I was so blessed to have parents who were willing to spend that much money for my wedding dress.

Mary Preston said...

My wedding gown was all lace and satin and beading. Not something I would choose now, but I loved wearing it then.

jean602 said...

I had a simple off White knitted dress.

Karina Thibodeau said...

I had a very simple long white gown. Just what I wanted.

Lori Thomas said...

My dress was white had lace I sewed pearls all over it. I still have it to this day.

Elizabeth Glenn said...

My wedding gown was white with long sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. It had lace and beadwork all over. I felt like a princess for the first time! My sweet grandmother paid for it as my gift.

Kate Vocke said...

I've been hearing so much about this one! My dress was strapless and floor length with no train, very plain - I got married on the beach so I didn't want to sweat, or have a long train to drag around the sand :) And I was barefoot!

Jimette Ross said...

I've never had a wedding gown. My mom and her friend designed, sewed me a chiffon red gown that I wore to win Little Miss USA (15 yo) and ended up wearing to my prom!

jpetroroy said...

Mine was strapless, with a full skirt.

Kelly Rodriguez said...

My wedding dress had lots of lace and beading. It was beautiful.

Di said...

My niece had a lovely gown 2 years ago - designed by an Australian, it was lace over a slip, except for the back which was just the lace. Much lighter weight than mny she tried.

rubynreba said...

My dress was very simple made out of white satin and lace.

Nancy said...

I know it is now thought old fashioned, but my mother made my wedding dress almost 42 years ago . She was very skilled at sewing. It was a Juliet style gown in creamy satin with long sleeves for our February wedding. I had purchased a white lace mantilla to go with it. She wanted a perfect match, so she made another lace mantilla and dyed it with tea to exactly match my gown. It was simple and very elegant.

Nancy
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bn100 said...

white lace

StoreyBookLover said...

My dress was simple, but had a little bling. It had just the right amount of body in the skirt and went well with my long veil. I loved my wedding dress and felt very pretty that day!

Cori said...

My dress was a fitted mermaid bottom dress perfect for our beach wedding in Punta Cana. We just celebrated our 8th anniversary! Yay!!

RD said...

A beautiful dress that I wore to my cousin's wedding many years ago.

joanne darrell said...

The prettiest dress I own is sleeveless with flowers and goes to my ancles.