Keeping up with the Bourbons: Dressing Louis XIV in Versailles

Dressing George Blagden as Louis XIV in Versailles

The steamy and elaborate £21m series Versailles caused controversy in the UK when it first aired in 2016 with Sam Burnett of Mediawatch UK commenting “Dressing up pornography and violence in a cravat and tights doesn’t make it cultural.” Unfortunately for Burnett “dressing up” fails to do any justice to the massive effort of costume designer Madeline … Read more

Lookbook: Horatio Nelson

There can be no doubt that Horatio Nelson is remembered as one of history’s best dressed military men to the extent that many accounts blame his vanity of wearing embroidered shining orders of chivalry as a significant factor in his death by a sniper. Napoleon meanwhile was noticeably austere in his appearance and thus is … Read more

Gems: Who Was This Amazing Mini-Suit Made For?

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You won’t believe this sweet little set from 1765 now on display in the V&A. No, it was not made for a child. While it is cut in the exact same way as an adult garment should be it is too small for an infant. Instead it is thought that this might well be a … Read more