Norman Hartnell started a salon under his own name in 1923.
Marc Bohan designed for the house of Hartnell from 1989 to 1992 and the designer Yuki also briefly worked under him in the late 60's. Gina Fratini was the designer in the 90's and several leading other well-known designers have worked at the house of Hartnell, which still creates wedding dresses and evening gowns.
His style was glamorous, highly sophisticated and complex - he regarded simplicity "as the death of the soul" and yet his evening gowns were legendary for their elegance. His use of sequins, extravagant fringes and other adornments gave a level of complexity to his creations that made the wearer sure in the knowledge that wherever they went, they would make an impact.