Lady Mary Talbot is preparing to attend a night of dancing and entertainment at a royal masque. See her transformation from informal undress to full court dress and witness the many layers of clothing and careful arranging required to achieve the extreme fashions favoured by late 16th century courtiers. A silkwoman from London, Dorothy Speckhard, helps (and hinders) Lady Mary’s preparations with all manner of fancy goods (very like the ones she supplies to the queen) from her shop. Their discussions of starch, spangles and supportasses give a glimpse of the labour behind the luxury of aristocratic dress.
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.