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The wedding dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, the favoured couturier of the royals and was made from silk organza, and a skirt made from some 30 meters of fabric. Hartnell specifically kept the adornments of the dress such as the crystal embellishments and beading to a minimum in order to suit Margaret's petite frame.
Vogue described the dress as "stunningly tailored", although the dress has been said to be "a study in simplicity, the upper part consisting of light transparent silk". In 1960, Life magazine named it "the simplest royal wedding gown in history", although it has been described as one of Hartnell's most beautiful and sophisticated pieces.