A new exhibition that uses art to examine Tudor and Stuart fashion opened on Friday, May 10 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
The exhibition, “In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion,” features over 60 portraits of royalty and the elite alongside rare contemporary garments, accessories, jewelry, and armour from the Royal Collection. Some of the pieces go on display for the first time, according to the Royal Collection Trust.
“The exhibition presents the opportunity to explore the fashions of the Tudor and Stuart period through art,” said exhibition curator Anna Reynolds in a news release.
“Fashion was hugely important to court life and entry to the ‘inner circle’ was largely driven by personal appearance,” Reynolds added.
The hour-long tour opens with portraits of well-known Tudor monarchs Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Mary I and follows changing fashions through the reign of the Stuarts. Portraits of Stuart family members such as Charles II and James II’s consort, Mary of Modena, are included in the show, among others.
“The rich and powerful were the trend-setters of the age and used clothing to send out messages about their taste and status,” Reynolds said.
The show also examines foreign influences on English fashion, children’s clothing, and battlefield armours. It features the works of some of the best painters of the time: Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.
Last week’s reviews of the exhibition were favorable. The Telegraph calls it a “superlative new show” and a “superbly realized exhibition.”
The exhibition runs through Oct. 6, 2013.
The Queen’s Gallery frequently hosts various exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection. Past exhibitions include Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist ; The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein; and The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography.
After renovation, Queen Elizabeth II opened The Queen’s Gallery in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, according to the Royal Collection Trust website.