This time last year, Anne Clinard Barnhill, author of “At the Mercy of the Queen”, “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter” and several other books, was our expert speaker. She gave us a demonstration of Tudor clothing, actually dressing herself, and talking to us about Tudor clothing and socio-economic status, culture and symbolism. It was a wonderful talk given by a lady who was passionate about the subject.
Sadly, Anne passed away yesterday. I’d never met her but I’d known her in a ‘virtual’ sense since the first days of the Anne Boleyn Files. She was a beautiful person through and through, a wonderful novelist, and a huge support and encouragement to me personally and to many others in the online Tudor history world. Anne will be truly missed. [Read More...]
Fashion has had innumerable iterations throughout the centuries, with the Renaissance bringing about not just changes in thinking, art and education, but also clothing style. And along with new clothing styles came sumptuary laws, which created strict visual distinctions between the different classes. There were also restrictions on who could wear which fabrics.
The lower classes wore linen or wool; cotton was not allowed to be imported into England so as to protect the wool trade. The upper classes enjoyed the luxury of silk, brocade, velvet, and satin. Henry VIII passed his first sumptuary laws in 1510, shortly after ascending the throne. Given that clothing was an automatic identifier of who was what class, Henry wished to keep the status quo in place, despite the rising wealth of the merchant class. Mary I continued this trend, as did Elizabeth I. These same sumptuary laws also allowed the Tudor monarchs to collect fines and bestow special status on favorites. [Read More...]
In today’s Claire Chats video I talk about that essential accessory of the Elizabethan era, the ruff, and how it developed over time and how fashions changed. [Read More...]
Test your knowledge on Tudor children’s clothes with this fun quiz. [Read More...]
In today’s Claire Chats video I talk about what the children of wealthy families wore in Henry VIII’s reign. [Read More...]
Enjoy this quiz on Tudor men’s clothes. [Read More...]
Following on from last week’s Claire Chat’s video on Tudor women’s costume, today I’m looking at what men wore at Henry VIII’s court. [Read More...]
A fun quiz on the costume worn by women in the Tudor period. [Read More...]
In this week’s Claire Chats, I look at what women at Henry VIII’s court wore and what layers their outfits were made up of. I do hope you enjoy the talk and slides. [Read More...]
A video of costume expert Bess Chilver talking at Hever Castle. [Read More...]