The Royal Wardrobe (Hardcover)

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'I loved this book!' - Alison Weir

'[A] lively, gossipy forage through royal wardrobes' - Daily Mail

'A sparkling history' - Dr Kate Strasdin

Peek into the wardrobes of history's most fashionable royals

Why did women wear such heavy and uncomfortable skirts in the Elizabethan era?
What the hell happened to Charles II's pubic hair wig?
How did Princess Diana's revenge dress become so iconic?

Fashion for the royal family has long been one of their most powerful weapons. Every item of their clothing is imbued with meaning, history and majesty, telling a complex tale of the individuals who wore them and the houses they represented.

From the draping of a fabric to the arrangements of jewels, the clothing worn by royals is anything but coincidental. King at just nine years old, Edward VI's clothes were padded to make him seem stronger and more manly; and the ever-conscious Elizabeth II insisted her coronation gown include all the representative flora of the commonwealth nations, and not just that of the United Kingdom. Yet reigning monarchs are not the only ones whose fashion sensibilities could mean make or break for the crown.

Original and enlightening, Rosie Harte's complete history delicately weaves together the fashion faux pas and Vogue-worthy triumphs that chart the history of our royals from the Tudors to the Victorians right through to King Charles III and our twenty-first-century royal family. Travelling far beyond the bounds of the court, The Royal Wardrobe reveals the economic, social and political consequences of royal apparel, be it breeches, tiara, wig or waistcoat.

Each stitch has a story, you just need to know how to read them

About the Author

Rosie Harte is a fashion historian and TikTok creator. During lockdown, she began to transfer her knowledge of art and fashion history into bitesize content for TikTok, and now runs a hugely successful account (@theroyalwardrobe) with a world-wide following. She has worked with museums across the country to bring their collections to a new audience and contributed to documentaries on royal life and fashion. She loves to explore the unconventional, the scandalous and the untold, introducing her viewers to the royal family's rich and fashionable history.

Praise For…

[A] lively, gossipy forage through royal wardrobes from Tudors to the present incumbents—Daily Mail

I loved this book! It's stunning and stylish, perfect for anyone who likes royalty and clothes. It's the riveting story of our kings and queens from the Tudors to the present day, told through what they wore. A fascinating piece of social history from a wonderful storyteller—Alison Weir

For centuries, the monarchy have recognised that clothes matter and it is through these many royal lives that Rosie Harte has written a sparkling history of royal wardrobes. From King Henry VII's crimson velvet mantle of 1485 to the twenty first century princess she charts the evolution of royal style and some of the monarchy's most colourful characters—Dr Kate Strasdin, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, Fashion and Textiles Institute

Harte's comprehensive history of royal apparel is captivating.—Woman's Own

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472297464
ISBN-10: 1472297466
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 400
Language: English