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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsSALLY: When James the VI of Scotland inherited the English throne in 1603, it heralded the start of the Stuart dynasty in England-- a dynasty which saw civil wars, regicide, restoration, and revolution. Banqueting house, for instance, during the reign of James the VI saw fantastic masque costumes which reflected his views on monarchy. Hampton Court Palace then saw the seductive flamboyant fashions of Charles the Second. And by the end of the century, Kensington Palace was home to the more sedate modes of the later Stuarts. So with fanciful fashions, performance, and performative dressing, this week, it's all about Stuart style.

Welcome to Week 2

The year 1603 was a watershed moment in British history. Elizabeth I (1558-1603) died without a direct heir and so her throne passed to James VI of Scotland (1567-1625), who in turn became James I of England (1603-25). This was the start of the Stuart dynasty in Britain.

This week we will explore how the early Stuart monarchs used fashion as a means of entertainment in courtly masques, how clothing played important roles at key moments in the lives of Charles I (1625-49) and Charles II (1660-85), and how the Stuarts and their courtiers put their look together.

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A History of Royal Fashion

University of Glasgow

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