Dressing Charles II: the king’s clothing choices 1660-1685


Hayward, Maria (2012) Dressing Charles II: the king’s clothing choices 1660-1685. In, Paresys, Isabelle (ed.) Cultures matérielles, cultures visuelles du costume dans les cours européennes. Paris, FR, Lille, Dutch, ‘Institut de recherche historique du Septentrion’ (university of Lille/CNRS) and the Research Centre of the Versailles Palace, 159-176.

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As a young man, Charles II experienced civil war and the abolition of the English monarchy, which resulted in his exile. While his time in Europe would have exposed him to a variety of styles of clothing, he would also have developed ideas about how a king of England should dress. The research presented here draws upon the accounts of Charles II’s wardrobe of the robes. The accounts have been analysed to provide insights into the composition of the king’s clothing orders during the course of his reign. The discussion has focused on four themes: tradition and innovation, formality and informality. This information is set in context by reviewing who held the office of the king’s tailor, the work they carried out and the ways in which the king’s clothes were used as means of facilitating royal patronage.

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Keywords: Charles II, wardrobe of the robes, the king's tailor, French fashion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 79951
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:02
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79951

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