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The fashionable world of the Tudors and Stuarts revealed at The Queen's Gallery

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  • terry foreman
    An excerpt: Just as today, the fashion-conscious Tudors and Stuarts copied the styles of those they admired. In 1666, Charles II announced that he was to
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      Just as today, the fashion-conscious Tudors and Stuarts copied the styles of those they admired. In 1666, Charles II announced that he was to introduce a new English fashion for men – a long vest worn under a coat instead of a short doublet and cloak. The King is seen wearing this style of coat in the painting Charles II presented with a pineapple, c.1675, which goes on display for the first time. Later to become the three-piece suit, the style spread so quickly that three weeks later the diarist Samuel Pepys was wearing his own version. Pepys records how his wife avidly followed the fashions of the court favourites, visiting the same shops at Barbara Villiers, Charles II’s mistre

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