Weekend course

Royal Dress and Appearance: Medieval to Modern

Saturday 14 March 2020 - Sunday 15 March 2020

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Saturday 14 March 2020 - Sunday 15 March 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, South Kensington

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II remarked, “I have to be seen to be believed”. Learn how the clothing and dress of British royalty has changed over the past thousand years to reflect shifting social and political roles. Looking closely at documents, clothing, jewellery, portraiture, and even social media, you’ll explore the wardrobes of key figures, from the Angevins to the Windsors.

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Dr Benjamin Wild

Course Leader Dr Benjamin Wild

Dr Benjamin Wild, FRHistS, is a Lecturer in Contextual Studies (Fashion) at Manchester Fashion Institute. Benjamin's book A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton was published by Thames & Hudson in 2016. His next book, Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume is forthcoming from Bloomsbury.

The lecturer was amazing-inspiring and knowledgeable Previous Weekend Course Student

Course Overview

Between the Middle Ages and Modernity, the role of British royals changed considerably and the clothes they wore reflect this. From ceremonial to day wear, crown jewels to haute couture, the conspicuous to the conventional, discover the changing form and function of rulers’ dress between the Angevin and Windsor dynasties. The course will consider key periods, when rulers’ clothing underwent marked changes. It will examine the role of specific royals and designers, whose political will and aesthetic vision shaped the look and performance of monarchy. Through the evaluation of a comprehensive range of records, paintings, garments, jewellery and regalia, the course will explain how the appearance of today’s royals continues to be informed by the past; a connection made all the more important as their political authority has waned.


Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Weekend course: Royal Dress and Appearance: Medieval to Modern

14 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

£147.00 - £195.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)