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Whatever the era, British dress and style sensibilities

has influenced international fashion.

Court wear of the 16th and 17th centuries

under the Tudor and Stuart monarchs-

was of particular extravagant couture creations.

Fabrics:

wool

cotton

silk

furs

linen

were intricately weaved and sewn by the finest textile artisans of the time

 

 

Producing luxurious designs in

damask

brocade

velvet

satin

twill

 

 

Adorned with

ruffles

bows

ruffs

lace

gold thread

embroidery

 

 

 

And for that extra bit of glam

encrusted pearls, jewels and gemstones.

Opulent attire fit for king, queen and courtiers.

 

 

 

Royal – Wear

 

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'Henry VIII', c1530-35

Henry VIII

by Joos Van Cleeve, circa 1530 – 1535

Known for his six wives who were far from merry,

King Henry VIII used fashion to emphasise

the wealth and power of the monarchy.

He consciously dressed to impress.

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Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I)

attributed to William Scrots, 1546

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'Elizabeth I', c1595-1600

Queen Elizabeth I

by Nicholas Hilliard, circa 1595 – 1600

Like her imposing father, Henry VIII,

Elizabeth Tudor, as princess and later as queen utilised fashion

to underscore the might of monarchy, while

successfully flattering and enhancing her appearance

from every conceivable angle.

She well knew that she was centre stage.

'Anne of Denmark', 1614

Anne of Denmark

attributed to Marcus Gheeradts the Younger, 1614

Anne of Denmark, wife to a king – James I

mother of kings – Charles II and James II,

was a clothes horse of her era …  from head to toe.

High coiffed hair, accessorised with jewels and feathers;

gowns of the finest cloths and needlework

adorned with lace, bows, and pearls

Anne was a fashion statement maker.

 'Charles I', 1628

King Charles I

by Daniel Mytens 1628

'Duchess of Richmond', c1662

Duchess of Richmond

by Sir Peter Lely 1662

Portraits of  these and other court personages,

 equivalents of modern day paparazzi photos of

sought after public figures,

allows us to appreciate the workmanship, originality

and trend-setting qualities of the period’s high fashion.

'Mary of Modena', c1675

Mary of Modena

by Simon Vereist circa 1675

Mary Modena, the second wife of James Stuart (later James II)

in an exquisitely tailored men’s coat –

androgynous wear a la 17th century.

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

is currently hosting the exhibition

In Fine Style:  The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

(exhibition runs until 6 October 2013)

which examines and chronicles the development

of court dress during this period

through portraiture and authentic items of clothing.

A visual treat for any fashionista of any era.