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.
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).