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A History of Royal Fashion

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn


Learn how royalty used fashion to entertain, control and impress

A History of Royal Fashion takes you into the wardrobes of British kings and queens across five royal dynasties from the Tudors, Stuarts and Georgians to the Victorians and Windsors.

With exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, experts at the University of Glasgow and Historic Royal Palaces will introduce you to the different sources we can use to study fashion history.

Go behind the scenes at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and the Banqueting House to explore the styles of monarchs and their families and the impact of their clothing on society.

This course is designed for those who have an interest in fashion and history. No prior knowledge is required; all learners are welcome.

While the Educators themselves aren’t available to facilitate this run, we encourage you to engage with other learners and there are opportunities to do this throughout the course.

Taught by

Sally Tuckett

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    Maria Cecilia Lim

    Maria Cecilia Lim completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Excellent course! The topic was not only interesting, but the variety and choice of learning activities were excellent, engaging and very apt for the course. I not only learned the history of fashion but I can remember the succession of royalty from King Henry VIII forwards in relation to what they wore. Now if they can do another lecture on pre-King Henry VIII (probably not fashion but maybe on swords and armor), I could probably recite the whole sequence if ever asked.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As an American, I’ve always been fascinated by the Royals. As a fashion journalist, I’ve been intrigued by the history of clothing and fancy dress. This course is the best of both! From the Tudor’s to the Windsor’s, all of this is covered and I feel much more familiar with this fascinating family and their history. Loved this!

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