The elegant "White Wardrobe", worn by the Queen Mother during a 1938 state visit to France, is to go on display at Buckingham Palace
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The Queen of Pop - Madonna - also has plans to put some vintage items from her 20-year career on exhibit
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22 JULY 2005

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Classic pieces worn by two iconic but very distinct famous women are set to go on display.

The Queen Mother's "White Wardrobe", designed by couture legend Norman Hartnell, will take centre stage at Buckingham Palace on July 30.

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Classic pieces worn by two iconic but very distinct famous women are set to go on display.

The Queen Mother's "White Wardrobe", designed by couture legend Norman Hartnell, will take centre stage at Buckingham Palace on July 30.

The designer, who dressed a number of 1930s-era silver screen icons, including Gone With The Wind beauty Vivienne Leigh, lent a touch of Hollywood glamour to Queen Elizabeth's look for a 1938 state visit to France with a number of silk tulle and lace confections, inspired by 19th century silhouettes.

Meanwhile, Madonna is also planning an exhibition of her famous ensembles, featuring the memorable costumes she's worn during her 20-year career.

"I've kept everything," confesses the chameleonic singer, whose range of looks has been influenced by everyone from cowgirls to Marlene Dietrich a film legend who happened to be one of the royal couturier's famous clients.

"My goal is a travelling exhibit, like the Jackie Kennedy show," says Madonna, adding the extravaganza would also include video clips, interviews and concert footage.

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