New on DVD: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 10:54 pm

New from PBS: Tales From the Royal Wardrobe. Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explains that the fascination with the clothes worn by the royals is not a recent development. And the monarchs have used and encouraged this fascination as a carefully orchestrated piece of theater managed by the royals themselves to control the right image and project the right message to their subjects. Royal fashion is, and always has been, as much about politics as it is about the cut. This documentary explores the history and style of the royal wardrobe and how the clothes each of the royals chooses reflects and affects — for better or worse — not just their personalities but their relationship to their subjects. From the formal gowns and robes and jewels to the iconic wedding dresses and the clothes worn by the royal children, Dr. Worsley shows us how they shape history.

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