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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsSALLY: We've examined the public performance dressing of the Stuarts in the 17th century. This week, we're moving onto the House of Hanover, otherwise known as the Georgians. Compared with the eventful 1600s, the 18th century is generally considered an era of refinement, elegance, and politeness. But when it comes to fashion, this didn't stop the popularity of intricate wigs, gorgeous silks, and elaborate embroideries. And that was just for menswear. So, this week, we're going to see what fashion rules people had to follow when they visited court. And we'll take a closer look at some of the more private and personal fashions of the royal family when they were at home.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsThe House of Hanover may not have been the flashy fashionistas that the Tudor and Stuart predecessors were. But they haven't been called the gorgeous Georgians for nothing.

Welcome to Week 3

The Tudor and Stuart monarchs made significant marks on fashion, with each dynasty having their own distinctive looks. The Georgians, or the Hanoverians, also had their own distinct style but it took a very different form.

In the steps this week we will see what fashion rules courtiers had to follow when they visited Kensington Palace or Hampton Court Palace, what garments were popular and the fashions for big hair. We will also take a closer look at the individual style choices of George III (1760-1820) and George IV (1820-30).

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A History of Royal Fashion

University of Glasgow

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