Saturday, February 23, 2008

Question from Jessica - Existing Tudor garments

I am wondering if there are any examples of original Tudor garments still in existance.


  1. There are still a few bits and pieces surviving, yes. A few of Elizabeth I's accessories, such as a pair of gloves, still exist. I've seen boots and such as well. The "Mary Rose" ship museum at Portsmouth also has a large collection of articles of men's clothing that were preserved in the sunken ship by that name. And there are some priest's and bishop's church garments that still survive in various museums. So there are at least some pieces from the period that have survived, though not very many.

  2. Look for Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd by Janet Arnold. She's also written some articles for the Costume Society journal. She has some pictures and references articles of Tudor clothing still in existence.

  3. I don't know if this is anything like you're looking for, but Henry VIII's suit of armour from the 1540s is on display at the Tower of London.
    Jolie Moira Jessalyn Dawson


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