The long-held assumption that children were dressed as miniature adults in the 16th century is challenged by the findings of a detailed analysis of 1,155 images of children in a variety of sixteenth century artistic representations. Portraits and family paintings made up the largest proportion of the images (28 per cent), closely followed by effigies (24 per cent) and genre paintings (22 per cent). The results of this research were surprisingly robust: specific garments emerged as typical for particular age groups, some trends were consistent across all ranks of society, and there were clear fashions in children’s clothes through the time period which, in some cases, mirrored those for adults. The most interesting results were clear indications of the conventional petticoats for toddlers and long coats worn by small children of both sexes, an insight into “leading strings”, and the items which signalled growing maturity for older girls and youths.
Seasons greetings to all our colleagues and customers! Thanks to everyone who has collaborated with us, supported our research, come to one of our events or bought from us this year. We wish you every success with your costume projects in 2015.
A successful foray into television has prompted an update to one of The Tudor Tailor’s best-loved patterns. Eager headdress researchers are already excited to see the information in a practical format. Ninya’s recent work with the BBC was an opportunity to put theory to the test and it passed with flying colours. The “gable hood” is now a “Tudor lady’s bonnet, frontlet, paste and edge” reflecting research published in The Queen’s Servants in 2011.
The Tudor Tailor’s visit to Chicago is now only five weeks away and the deadline to book a place and be eligible for the participants’ 25 per cent discount on patterns and books is fast approaching. There are places available for the events on Fri 24 (evening) and Sun 26 October (day).