#HI-04-09 A History of Royal Fashion
About CourseThe University of Glasgow
Enter the world of British royal fashion and discover its rich history
A History of Royal Fashion welcomes you on a 5-week journey into the wardrobes of British kings and queens. Your fashion history exploration will span across five royal dynasties from the Tudors, Stuarts and Georgians to the Victorians and Windsors.
You’ll receive exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, and experts at the University of Glasgow and Historic Royal Palaces will invite you to look at a variety of sources that will help you to study the fashion history of British monarchs.
Discover the fashion of the Tudors
Enter the extravagant world of Tudor fashion and learn about how the Tudors used fashion to project power and wealth, how portraits could be used as propaganda and how Henry VIII liked to dress. Observe a real Tudor hat and learn about the dress from the famous ditchley portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.
Step into the wardrobes of the Stuarts, Georgians and Victorians
Travel back in time to a 17th Century fancy dress party and witness the costumes and glamorous masques of the Stuart period. Then jump forward to the Georgian period and step into court. You’ll experience courtly dress and big wigs before learning about revolutionary fashion during this time.
Learn about Queen Victoria’s wardrobe and the impact of technological advancements in society on the fashion industry. Take a look at royal wedding dresses and discover Victorian fashion for mourning.
Exploring British royal fashion today
End your journey through the royal eras by studying the fashion of the Windsors. Explore how royal fashion developed into a less extravagant display of suits and blazers.
At the end of the course, you’ll learn about how we conserve and display royal fashion and create exhibitions to highlight the ever-changing trends of British monarchs.
Who developed the course?
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.
What Will I Learn?
- Assess the significance of fashion and clothing to individual and collective British royals
- Identify key fashion developments from the sixteenth century to the present day
- Reflect on how and why fashions have changed
- Explore the significance of different primary sources for understanding fashion history
- Develop an understanding of the history of British monarchs, their family and their reigns
Topics for this course
What do you know about Tudor fashion?
Fashioning Tudor men
Dressing Henry VIII00:12:31
Fashion and gender
Power and propaganda
Foreign brides, foreign fashions
Dressing Tudor women00:08:59
The Bristowe hat00:07:24
Portraits and propaganda
The Ditchley dress: ‘real’ life vs recreation
Recycling and reusing Tudor textiles
Wrapping up: The Tudors00:02:15
The course took me behind the scenes at the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Banquet Palaces to explore monarchs and their family styles, as well as the impact of their clothing on society. Let me deeply understand everything about the wang family life. What an interesting evolution!
Professor Sally Tuckett spoke very well, and I loved her style of teaching. Simple and clear. Vivid figurative. Good job!
The course takes me through the wardrobes of British Kings and queens, from the Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians to the Victorians and Windsors. It taught me a lot about wang's fashion history. It was great.
This course takes the reader through how the royal family USES fashion to entertain, control and fascinate, and it was an eye-opener.