Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsSALLY (VOICEOVER): In many ways, the Stuarts continued patterns set by their Tudor predecessors, using clothing to demonstrate power and wealth, and even continuing some of the Tudor styles into the 17th century. But the early Stuarts also used fashion in a slightly different way, one that was perhaps more understated when compared with the Tudors, but arguably just as confident. The masque costumes emphasised Royal power and privilege, and exploring Charles I's clothing choices has shown us a more serious side to Royal fashion. In the following steps, we will see how fashion became a tool to help the monarchy reestablish itself after regicide and in an era of Commonwealth.

Clothes in context: The early Stuarts

In many ways the early Stuarts continued patterns set by their Tudor predecessors: using clothing to demonstrate power and wealth, and even continuing some of the Tudor styles into the 17th century.

But the early Stuarts also used fashion in a slightly different way; one that was perhaps more understated when compared with the Tudors, but arguably just as confident.

This video shows what fashionable outfits of the 1640s might have looked like when worn in Banqueting House, the site of early Stuart entertainments and the site of Charles I’s execution.

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A History of Royal Fashion

University of Glasgow