Talks and Events

The Tudor Tailor team offers a range of lively workshops and presentations showcasing research, giving practical guidance and entertaining audiences with the aim of making reconstucted 16th century dress accessible and amusing. If you are interested in hosting a Tudor Tailor event at your venue, please download the guidelines, which will help you consider the practicalities and budget.

The Tudor Tailor team is happy to work flexibly and creatively to make successful events happen so do contact us with your ideas to discuss how we can help.

If you are interested in hosting a Tudor Tailor event at your venue, please download the guidelines available below, which will help you consider the practicalities and budget.

Download the hosting guidelines

The Tudor Tailor offers the following talks:

As I lie dying

See inside the wardrobes of two Elizabethan women living in England in the 1570s and go through their garments to discover how very differently they live their lives.

Court Life and Country Lore

This insight into the dress of an Elizabethan court lady and a country woman includes an entertaining dressing demonstration revealing how women managed their clothes as pregnancy progressed and they prepared themselves for motherhood.

The Tudor Wardrobe

This lively look inside the clothes presses of ordinary and middle-class people in 16th century England charts wool’s journey from sheep to wardrobe.

The King's Servants

Discover the detective work required to reconstruct Henry’s servants’ dress in detail. Fascinating documents, effigies, brasses, stained glass and archaeological artefacts from the late 15th and early 16th century together with original drawings commissioned to illustrate Caroline’s findings all add to the spectacle.

Pastes and Powderings: A Gentlewoman's Wardrobe 1485-1520

“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.

Counting Cuffs and Analysing Aprons

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.

Dressing the Tudors

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.

Dressing Queen Elizabeth

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.

Practical Workshops

Choose either a full or half day's programme, offering a selection of workshops with practical advice on recreating sixteenth century dress.

Full Day's Programme: 4 workshops (10am - 5pm)

Choose four workshops from the list below

Half Day's Programme: 2 workshops (3 hours)

Choose two workshops from the list below

The As I Lie Dying Programme

Take a voyage of discovery

Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed mariners’ garments based on a range of sources.

Make no bones about It

A survey of pictorial, archaeological, and documentary sources tells the story of The Tudor Tailor’s pursuit of the picture perfect look—for all shapes and sizes.

Press, pleat, pin and paste

Discover the secrets of linen headwear by practicing the techniques of hairlacing to provide a neat and secure foundation.

Raise your cap

Compare and contrast different approaches to recreating sixteenth-century knitted garments.

The Court Life and Country Lore Programme

Gather thy thoughts

Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed garments based on a range of sources.

Cut thy cloth

Discover how the sixteenth century tailor made the most of limited resources.

Spend thy shillings

Learn how to assess the appropriateness and accuracy of modern materials for reconstructing specific Tudor garments on a virtual sixteenth century shopping trip.

Slash thy sleeves

Explore long-forgotten specialist techniques including hot printing, ravelling and pinking to transform plain materials into visually impressive textural delights.

The Tudor Wardrobe Programme

Guard thy gown

Explore long-forgotten specialist techniques including hot printing, ravelling and pinking to transform plain materials into visually impressive textural delights.

Make no bones about it

A survey of the pictorial, archaeological and documentary sources tells the story of The Tudor Tailor’s pursuit of the Holbein look – for all shapes and sizes.

Off with their hoods

Discover the secrets of early Tudor headwear by practicing the techniques of hairlacing to provide a neat and secure foundation.

Search and research

Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed garments based on a range of sources.

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