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Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.

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Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 2 of 2

Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 2 of 2

Having explored the Elizabethan Royal Wardrobe, and met Walter Fysche's wife, we now look into how and why she might have dressed.

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Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 1

Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 1

Walter Fyshe was tailor to the Tudor Queen Elizabeth I. Julia looks into his life and work in the C16th via an exploration of the Queen's Wardrobe.

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Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

There are many myths about Puritan clothing, but what's the truth behind the big white collars? Alison explores who they were and what they really wore...

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The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

Building on her investigations into the evolution of women’s clothing in the sixteenth century, Julia now looks at the male wardrobe in the Tudor and Elizabethan periods.

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Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

Fashion is a significant area of cultural borrowing. Sarah Lorraine examines the 16th century Venetian appropriation of Turkish dress. 

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Master Tailors' Exam and Books

Master Tailors' Exam and Books

Extant C16th garments are rare, but some tailoring books survive still. Marion explores the German and Austrian tailor's masterbook and the master tailor's exam.

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C16th English Knitted Sleeves

C16th English Knitted Sleeves

While Spain had knitted sleeves in silk and wool, it seems England had wool sleeves alone. Sarah presents the evidence in preparation for making your own.

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C16th Spanish Knitted Sleeves

C16th Spanish Knitted Sleeves

Knitted sleeves are one of the less explored items of 16th century knitted clothing, but Sarah will show us how to roll up our sleeves and get started on scoggers.

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Frances' Hoods and Hair

Frances' Hoods and Hair

Frances' Tudor hoods and hair are her crowning glory. Julia shows us how she created the classic Marian style hood and frontispiece of the mid-16th century.

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Tudor Corset or Not to Corset...

Tudor Corset or Not to Corset...

Do you really need a corset with that 16th century gown? Maybe not. Kimiko explains why... and explores kirtles, bents and bodies to create the perfect silhouette.

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The Evolution of 16th Century Womenswear

The Evolution of 16th Century Womenswear

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Julia investigates the evolution of 16th century women's clothing, and the ramifications for Tudor costumers.

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Beyond the Flemish Peasant Dress

Beyond the Flemish Peasant Dress

There’s more to the Low Countries than the familiar C16th Flemish 'peasant dress'. Holly explores the variations between different classes, trades and regions. 

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Frances' Kirtle and Foresleeves

Frances' Kirtle and Foresleeves

A C16th lady of Frances' status must be properly turned out. Julia continues to investigate her Tudor noblewoman's wardrobe with Frances' kirtle and foresleeves.

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Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Spanish Renaissance style can be tough to identify. Kate continues her field guide to Hispano-Flemish style by looking at men's fashions in 15th and 16th century Spain.

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Discovering Frances

Discovering Frances

Dressing a woman involves more than just recreating portraits. One has to know the person underneath - in this case, Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk.

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Reconstructing The French Hood

Reconstructing The French Hood

Theories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.

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17th Century Makeup

17th Century Makeup

Period makeup is probably the most overlooked part in a re-enactors outfit, but Elisa walks us through the process for the mid-17th century.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

The popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

The pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.

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