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Long before Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle became the center of royal attention, the queen's sister Princess Margaret captivated the public and garnered her fair share of headlines. Although she was often known as the scandalous party princess — in contrast to her always-proper sister — Princess Margaret was still a beloved royal and an icon for a generation of girls. It seems only natural, then, that when the princess came of age in 1951, her 21st birthday party would be one to remember. Now that her prized birthday gown is on display in London, we're revisiting the details of the momentous occasion.
The centerpiece of the party, was, of course, what the princess was wearing, and Princess Margaret certainly did not disappoint. She selected a gown by French designer Christian Dior, made of creamy organza silk, featuring an off-the-shoulder cut and a massive, full skirt, and covered in detailed embroidery, sequins, and mother-of-pearl. While her sister, the future Queen Elizabeth, had to be seen to be loyal only to British designers, Princess Margaret had more fashion options, and she took full advantage of that to utilize the talents of the top names in couture. In fact, she apparently loved this Dior gown so much that she wore it for multiple events.
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"I imagine she had a very fun time in that dress," Museum of London assistant curator Connie Karol Burks told People at a preview of the exhibition that includes the gown. "It was one of her favorite dresses and she wore it more than once – there are photographs of her wearing it in Paris at an event later that year."
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