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Smiffys Deluxe Henry VIII Costume, Red with Jacket & Trousers, Historical Fancy Dress, Adult Dress Up Costumes

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Every device for crowding jewels together was used, criss-cross, in groups of small numbers, in great masses. Silk would be more expensive than silk, for instance, because it can make a much smoother, finer and lustrous cloth. That this collar took all forms under certain limitations will be noticed, also that thick necked gentlemen - Henry himself must have invented this - wore the collar of the shirt turned down and tied with strings of linen. The mental picture from our - costume - point of view is widely different from that of the last reign.

From the line drawings you will see that the sleeves and the breeches took every form, were of any odd assortment of colours, were cut, puffed, and splashed all over, so that the shirt might be pushed through the holes, looking indeed 'blistered. Women of great wealth, such as a queen and her female attendants, would traditionally wear a farthingale as a starting point for their attire. The shift, delicately embroidered with black silk, had often a band of jewellery upon it, and this shift was square cut, following the shape of the bodice. I read these several interesting accounts that at this period, you could smell Henry from three rooms away because his leg was rotting so badly.Then, again, they wore those hideous barbes or beard-like linen cloths, over the chin, and an infinite variety of caps of linen upon their heads - caps which showed always the form of the head beneath. If you are trying to source the perfect way to delight your guests at any Halloween fancy dress party then your hunt is over! The note of the time, as we look at it with our eyes keen on the picture, is the final evolution of the hood.

At last one arrives at the diamond-shaped head-dress worn in this reign, and, in this reign, elaborated in every way, elaborated, in fact, out of existence.Jane Seymour, wife number three, reverted back to the English hood as a political move away from Anne Boleyn’s image. The tremendous folds of these overcoats gave to the persons in them a sense of splendour and dignity; the short sleeves of the fashionable overcoats, puffed and swollen, barred with rich appliqué designs or bars of fur, reaching only to the elbow, there to end in a hem of fur or some rich stuff, the collar as wide as these padded shoulders, all told in effect as garments which gave a great air of well-being and richness to their owner. Catherine of Aragon introduced the Spanish farthingale to the English Court – a conical under-garment which gave structure to the wearer’s skirt. In common with the men, their overcoats and cloaks were voluminous, and needed to be so if those great sleeves had to be stuffed into them; fur collars or silk collars, with facings to match, were rolled over to show little or great expanses of these materials.

One of the women brings forward a number of attires of false hair, golden and red, and from these the Queen chooses one. Henry VIII's Six Wives Large Display Cut-Out Pack – A beautifully illustrated display pack showcasing Henry VIII’s clothes as well as what his six wives’ clothes were like. The woman wears a plain but rich looking dress and on her head a peculiar head-dress with a pad support of silk in front to hold it from the forehead. The German fashion is that slashed, extravagant-looking creation which we know so well from the drawings of Albert Dürer and the more German designs of Holbein.This Tudor costume history information consists of Pages 247-273 of the chapter on early to mid-century 16th century dress in the 38 YEAR REIGN era of Henry The Eighth 1509-1547 and taken from English Costume by Dion Clayton Calthrop. Natural fibres also don't pick up smells very easily, which is one reason why Tudor clothes didn't need to be washed in the same way - or as regularly - as a modern garment made of polyester needs. Women would begin with the linen shift and over this a structural garment like a corset - this supported her back and chest and would alter her silhouette to suit the current fashion by making her clothes hang in a particular way. No doubt Sir Philip's slashes were cunningly embroidered round, and the gown made rich and sparkling with the device of seed pearls so much in use.

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