Ultra-Retro Fashion Hits Queen's Gallery

Elizabeth I

Royal Collection Trust

Think you know all there is to know about retro styles? The 16th and 17th century might want to have a word with you as they come to call at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace where the styles of the Tudors and Stuarts is going on display. And with talents like Beyoncé bringing a new edge to the ancient styles, who knows, this may well be the start – or restart – of something fresh.


There’s an excellent new exhibition opening at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace today.


Called In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion, the show features more than 60 portraits from the 16th and 17th centuries juxtaposed with sculpture, jewellery and even some rare clothing from the era to examine the fashions of the time.


The show opens with familiar portraits of Henry VIII and his three kids, but nearby panels focus on their impressive and symbolic clothing. Princess Elizabeth, considered illegitimate at the time of this painting, is wearing the most regal of gold-threaded silks below her rich, crimson gown. Certain colours and fabrics were reserved for those of royal birth by law; the impression Elizabeth and the artist William Scrots are making here is clear: “I’m part of this family too.” (Read More)


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