'Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice to change true rules for odd inventions' - The Taming of the Shrew, act 3, scene 1

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The Tudor Tailor team aims to provide research, resources and inspiration for people who enjoy learning about 16th century dress - for fun, for educational projects, for reenactment events, for heritage sites, for stage plays and for screen productions. 

The collaborative team is headed by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, who specialise in the social history of dress with practical guidance on reconstructing historic clothing for interpretive projects. They combine meticulous research with an irreverent attitude offering scholarly information with a sense of humour. 

The Tudor Tailor develops entertaining events, creates bespoke reconstructions of historic dress, and designs exhibitions in partnership with clients in the UK, north America and across Europe. 

The team is currently writing a new book which updates and expands The Tudor Tailor (2006). It has the working title The Typical Tudor and will concentrate on the clothing of the middling to lower sort in the 16th century. 

In the shop

Visit The Tudor Tailor shop

If you're busy planning your next project then make sure you pop over to our Etsy shop where we sell a large collection of books and resources for making historic costume.

Who do you think you were?

Each episode of our YouTube series showcases a specific garment featured in The Typical Tudor; bringing to life one of the many individuals whose wills make up the data on which the book is based.

Pre-order The Typical Tudor

This eagerly awaited follow up to The Tudor Tailor presents a fascinating introduction to the range of garments worn by ordinary men and women 500 years ago.

Missing persons: Who were the typical Tudors

Join us for a weekend of exciting events in Nottingham (yes, it is a real place) for the official launch of The Typical Tudor, which focuses on the dress of ordinary men and women.

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May 19, 2021

'Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice to change …

French hoods are international television Starz ... The Tudor Tailor’s French hoods are set to star in a …

April 7, 2021

‘Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor, For 'tis the …

More dress for your dollars! The findings from The Tudor Tailor’s database of 55,000 items of dress and accessories have proved more wide-ranging …

December 5, 2020

'I will pinck thy flesh full of holes with my rapier for …

Work continues apace on  The Typical Tudor: reconstructing everyday 16th century dress , which is set for publication early in 2021. This month Jane …

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