Evening dress worn by Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Paris in 1957 with gold and white beadwork. The dazzling, jewel-like details of the embroidered design include miniature bees, grasses, wheat and wild flowers. The design of this single-occasion gown diplomatically refers to French motifs, including the flowers of France and large gold bees, the emblem of Napoleon. It was intended to both compliment the French nation and draw attention to the Queen.
(The Met Museum)