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Elizabeth avaIn Great Britain, a stunning piece of vintage royal clothing was found. It is the one and only dress of Elizabeth I (ruled England in 1558-1603) that survived until today. At least, no other garment of this Tudor Queen is known to still exist. As we can find out from history, Elizabeth I wore pompous dresses made from the best fabrics available, but all of her articles of clothes were sold out or reused. And now, there is one item that was saved, and it is now being restored and studied.

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Mary Shelley avaThe 19th century is very diverse in fashion. Silhouettes, designs, and cuts changed one another every decade or so. In 1816, the typical female outfit was simple, feminine, and pretty. How can we single out a certain year like that and be sure that it’s accurate? Because this is the clothing of famous English writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, pictured in the drama movie “Mary Shelley” that was released in 2017. This is how she was dressed when she was writing her world famous “Frankenstein”.

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Victorian hair avaWhat hairstyles did women wear in the Victorian era, in the 1870s? Did they use wigs and why? Was hair dyeing popular and acceptable or not? What did Victorian men think of their women’s hair tricks? And, by the way, did males use wigs along with females? Let’s try to answer all of these questions and some more. You should know that Victorian era wasn’t as starchy and ceremonious as we tend to think.

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Gentleman avaThere are dozens of articles and videos about female clothing in the 18th century. But what about men? How did they look like? What articles of clothes were used by the 18th-century gentlemen? What accessories did they wear? Did they use the help of servants while getting dressed? What tips and tricks did tailors use at that time to make a gentleman’s life easier? Come on, let’s find the answers to all of those questions.

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English peasant women avaThe 18th-century English peasant women dressed for work, not for fun. At least for their daily routine. So, their traditional attire was simple and suitable for work – at least as suitable as 18th-century clothes can be. At the same time, the clothing covered most of their skin and was modest. But let’s look closer at this attire and find out some details, too.

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Georgian lady avaIn the British history, there was a so-called “Georgian era”, named after the kings George I, George II, George III, and George IV. Actually, this period lasted from 1714 to about 1830-37. But today, we’ll talk about the 1760-1780s and the women’s fashion of these years. What did British females wear during this period? Which silhouette was considered the best? What accessories did they use? And, of course, what hooped supports, panniers, bum pads, or padding did women wear?

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Lady Mary avaThe Downton Abbey, popular British historical series, shows some great and very accurate examples of Edwardian and post-Edwardian clothing, hairdos, and accessories. The stylists of the series did a good job of creating the characters’ outfits. And one of them is Lady Mary Crawley. Let’s look at a pretty cute reproduction of one of her daytime costumes. Also, we’ll talk a little about the makeup and hairstyles of the Edwardian period.

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Male costume avaLet’s find out how the English ploughmen dressed in the 14th century. This particular costume is known thanks to the Psalter of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, lord of the manor of Irnham in Lincolnshire. He has left drawings of people of the time and their way of life. Because of this book, we can make a reconstruction of a ploughman’s clothing, used in the 1340s. It was a simple, comfy, and durable outfit that suited the hard labor of the 14th-century villagers.

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Anglo Saxon jewels avaThe clothes used in Dark Age Europe was pretty simple. Nothing extraordinary, really. But we can’t say the same about the jewelry pieces. And the Anglo-Saxon jewels in particular. The Anglo-Saxon jewellery makers were skilled and had a bright imagination – that’s for sure. Their products truly were works of art. In this article, we’d like to show you some of them. Because the traditional Anglo-Saxon jewelry could turn ordinary tunics and cloaks of the period into gorgeous and unique costumes.

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Regency lady avaRegency era in Britain lasted from 1795 to 1837 (though, there are some differences as to which years to consider Regency). The female fashion of this period was rather classical – corsets, high-waisted silhouette, emphasized breasts, and long flowing skirts, of course. The Regency ladies looked natural, elegant, and even sexy in a way (even with all those layers of clothing). But let’s have a more detailed look.

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14century costume avaWomen’s fashion of the 14th century in England. How is it different to the clothing from other periods? How many pieces of attire did they use? What’s special about this era in fashion? Why didn’t they use underwear? This article will give you the answers to many questions and show you the photos of female 14th-century folk clothing. There are some very curious details in the fashion of this particular period.

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Working woman avaOrdinary women in the 18th century had a lot of work to do. There were no washing machines, dishwashers, ultra modern kitchen equipment, and other conveniences that are available for a female today. So, working women or peasant women wore comfy but modest clothing. At the same time, their daily outfit was elegant, despite its simplicity and plainness. Let’s have a look at how the 18th-century working woman dressed up.

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Wedding dress avaHow did wedding gowns of English queens and princesses look like in the 19th and 20th centuries? What did they show to the public? And what about modern royal wedding dresses? Dr. Joanna Marschner, Senior Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, will tell us many curious things about these bridal outfits. Also, let’s enjoy the beauty of English royal wedding gowns.

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Wedding avaPractical ladies from the end of the 19th century often used their wedding dresses (or parts of the costume) several years after the wedding. It was worn as a visiting gown, an attire for special occasions, etc. So, how did those bridal dresses look? Let us have a peek at the 1880’s Natural Form era bridal gown. This one is ivory-colored, though dark colors were also very popular.