The first four chapters provide a social history of clothes in the 16th century, drawing on the latest research and primary sources such as ordinary people’s wills and surviving royal records. There is discussion of the materials used, people’s financial and social relationships with their clothes, and the changes in dress from birth to death. There is as much emphasis on the clothes of ordinary people as there is on high fashion. There is also general advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and an insight into the Tudor tailor’s sewing kit.
This long awaited book is a breath of fresh air for the die-hard renaissance costumier. Much of the book is devoted to offering the reader empirical evidence to support the reconstruction methods of these Tudor costumes. While the use of portraits in research in not so new, the combined use of portraits, extant articles of clothing, and up-close photographs of detailed carved monuments showing various styles of Tudor dress is impressive. The authors also make extensive use of primary documents, namely in the form of wills and household inventories. These go a long way to encourage accurate reproductions of Tudor clothing. The authors are keen to include clothing from all social classes, not just the nobility. There are many color photographs of portraits, actual extant artifacts, and reproduction garments.
How thrilled I am with the Tudor Tailor – well done all of you – I think it is excellent
I just received my copy of the Tudor Tailor. It’s fantastic! Well done and congratulations! Thank you especially for your work on the lower classes. I have spent the last few years trying to sort out lower class garb to wear when camping.
I received my book yesterday and I can’t put it down!… The fabric information is awesome, not just for the upper class but all the way down the list, they also show what a tradeswoman versus a farmer would be wearing during the 1500s … I have learned so much especially about pins! … I can only say if you are into Tudor you cannot miss this book!