Caroline Johnson, author of The King’s Servants: men’s dress at the accession of Henry VIII, undertook transcriptions and translations of more than two hundred hand-written pages of 16th century Latin and English in the royal wardrobe accounts. Painstaking analysis of these bundles of orders and parchment books revealed the usual allocation of dress to different ranks of servants at the royal court. 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.
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.