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Dressing Henry VIII

In this History of Royal Fashion video we meet Richard and Max who will take us through the process of dressing like Henry VIII.

Throughout the course we’ll be given an insight into how outfits from the past were created. We’ll meet live costumed interpreters from Past Pleasures who work at Historic Royal Palaces. They will show us how they get dressed in historically accurate clothing for their work at the palaces. They’ll tell us what it feels like to wear historic clothing, from heavy Tudor velvets and elaborate Stuart costumes, to light Georgian silks and elegant Victorian dresses.

In this first video we meet Richard Evans and Max Berendt who will take us through the process of dressing like Henry VIII (1509-47). They explore how even the King’s underwear showed his royal status, the difficulties of getting into a doublet and hose, and how to accessorise like Henry VIII.

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