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The Phoenix Dress

squarepicThere's life in that old dress yet. Julia shows how she remade an old early C16th gown into a new Elizabethan one for her daughter.

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Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

SquarepicThere 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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Master Tailors' Exam and Books

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

squarepicHaving 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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The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

squarepicBuilding 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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Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

SquarepicWe've seen the Tudor wardrobe of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, take shape and now we join her in the bedchamber as she dresses in the finished clothes.

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Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 1

SquarepicWalter 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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Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

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

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C16th English Knitted Sleeves

SquarepicWhile 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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