Queen Elizabeth I’s image was carefully constructed throughout her life and reached its most fascinating in the 1590s, when she was no longer young or beautiful. This presentation shows how the queen dressed from her underwear to her jewel-encrusted exterior and shares anecdotes about her relationships with the servants and courtiers who helped maintain her public front. It considers the sources available for reconstructing the queen’s clothes today – from the archaeological and documentary evidence to the range of modern textiles which mimic those of the 16th century. There are opportunities for questions, reconstructed items are available to handle, and photographs are welcome.
There has been a great deal of number crunching at The Tudor Tailor since the Christmas break. Fabrics for 2015 costume projects can now be purchased with renewed confidence and less expense – especially if you are a man needing new hose. Not only is the colour range endorsed by new research but there is 10 per cent off all woollen fabric purchases until the end of January.
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.