“Sipres”, “fox poots” and “taberd sleeves” were a few of the challenging clues confronting The Tudor Tailor team in their detective work on the likely wardrobe of a gentlewoman at the court of the young Henry VIII. Detailed scrutiny of more than 200 sixteenth century documents produced several such conundrums. Fortunately, paintings provide solutions to some of the puzzles presented by the documents and details from contemporary accounts often fill gaps left by portraiture. The latest result of all this careful cross-referencing is The Queen’s Servants, a book illustrating fashion at the turn of the 15th to the 16th century. The frustrations of deciphering dog Latin in ancient handwriting and photographing effigies in dark corners of remote churches are illustrated with a dressing demonstration showing the layers required to create the fashionable silhouette for Dorathie Lenthorpe, a gentlewoman dressed at the king’s expense in 1514.
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).