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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 (eds.) Cultures matérielles, cultures visuelles du costume dans les cours européennes. Lille, Dutch, ‘Institut de recherche historique du Septentrion’ (university of Lille/CNRS) and the Research Centre of the Versailles Palace pp. 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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Published date: 2012
Keywords: Charles II, wardrobe of the robes, the king's tailor, French fashion


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PURE UUID: 586906e3-77d1-46aa-ace5-e95d39abf604

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Date deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:15

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Author: Maria Hayward
Editor: Isabelle Paresys

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