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Tudor woman. Source: Kathy / Adobe Stock.

Fashion as Status: Getting Dressed in the Tudor Era (Video)


In this fascinating video, we're taken on a journey through the morning routines of Queen Catherine Parr's household. With over 50 female staff members to dress and prepare, getting ready was no easy feat! But what's truly remarkable is the level of detail and care that went into their clothing, from linen tape woven into hair plaits to the careful selection of jewelry and accessories.

As we watch the video, we're transported back in time to witness the intricacies of Tudor fashion. We see how clothes were not just a means of covering the body, but also a way to reinforce an elite lifestyle and social status. With complicated front fastening corsets, fine white linen shifts, and silk stockings held up by embroidered garters, the women of the Tudor era certainly knew how to dress in style. It's a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era and a reminder of how fashion has always been a way to express oneself and project an image to the world.

Top image: Tudor woman. Source: Kathy / Adobe Stock.

By Joanna Gillan

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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