Duchess of Windsor lingerie to go on display at charity lunch

The Wood Norton Hotel in Worchester.

A collection of underwear once worn by the Duchess of Windsor will go on public display next month.

The unique collection, which includes nightdresses and French silk knickers, will be presented at a lunch and lecture in aid of St Richard’s Hospice in Worchester, before moving to the Victoria & Albert museum.

Sally Simmonds of Clifton-upon-Teme, Worchester, inherited the collection from her mother Lady Barbara Millichip, who was presented with the iconic pieces by her friend Wallis Simpson’s maid, Pauline Armitage. She worked for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Paris in the 1950s, after the king’s abdication.

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Guests at the lunch will be able to view the collection and hear a talk by Susanna Cordner, the curator of the recent V&A exhibition, Undressed: A History of Underwear.

She will discuss the history of underwear, with particular reference to the 1930s, the era from which the Duchess of Windsor’s collection hails, reports Worchester News.

The lunch and lecture will take place at The Wood Norton Hotel & Restaurant in Evesham on July 6.

Contact Claire Daniel to reserve your space at cdaniel@strichards.org.uk.

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