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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsSALLY (VOICEOVER): The restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660 marks yet another stage in the relationship between fashion and royalty, seeing the introduction of dressing protocol in the levée and influences on wider fashions, particularly menswear. Later Stuart women developed their own relationship with fashion and performance, with increasingly complex makeup rituals. And by this point, the mantua had made its first appearance at court. Like the Tudors, the Stuart dynasty lasted for just over 100 years. The 18th century would belong to the Georgians or the House of Hanover, a family that would set their own fashion rules.

Wrapping up: The Stuarts

The second half of the 17th century saw many significant events that affected royal and wider fashion. By the very end of the century ‒ after regicide, restoration and a further revolution ‒ we start to see fashions and styles that will come to dominate the next century: the mantua and the three piece suit.

In this video, you can see what the costumes of the late Stuarts looked like when worn in the corridors of Hampton Court Palace.

Like the Tudors, the Stuart dynasty in Britain lasted for just over 100 years. The 18th century would belong to the Georgians, or the House of Hanover, and while some of the styles might look familiar, this was a family that would set their own fashion rules.

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This video is from the free online course:

A History of Royal Fashion

University of Glasgow

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