Dress and fashion at Henry's court

Hayward, Maria (2009) Dress and fashion at Henry's court. In, Rimer, Graeme, Richardson, Thom and Cooper, J.P.D (eds.) Henry VIII: Arms and the Man 1509-2009. this was a catalogue to accompany the exhibition Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill, 3 April 2009-17 January 2010 Leeds, UK, Royal Armouries, 89-97.


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In the reign of Henry VIII clothing was an increasingly important part of court life. Maria Hayward explains howimportant it was for the King to dress the part, through making contacts with merchants and spending lavishly on new, luxury textiles. To maintain his place at the forefront of society and style, Henry was supported by the King's tailor and the office of the Great Wardrobe. The author makes the point that Henry was eminently suited to leading fashion while he was young and fit but that this was harder when he became older and fatter. The fascinating relationship between Henry's clothing and armour is explored; both were essentail in creating an image of magnificence. Today much of his armour survives, but sadly his costume does not.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9780948092626 (hardback)
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Keywords: Henry VIII, the king's tailor, the Great Wardrobe, magnificence, armour
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 79922
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 April 2009Published
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:16
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79922

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