The University of Glasgow has launched a five-week online course that’s dedicated to Royal Fashion, and guess what? It’s for free.
Titled ‘A History of Royal Fashion’, the course takes a deeper look into how the British royal family’s sartorial choices have changed across five dynasties, and how fashion is used as a tool to convey wealth, control and power. Students applying for this course will be provided with exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection.
Dress and textile histories lecturer, Sally Tuckett, said the idea behind the programme, which has been launched in collaboration with the Historic Royal Palaces, is to help people understand the intrinsic relationship between history and fashion. “The course gives a small insight into each royal family through history,” said Sally, according to the Insider.
“For instance, Henry VIIII’s wife, Catherine of Aragon, made his shirts even when Anne Boleyn was on the scene, it shows how politics weighed heavily on fashion and how it was part of the rivalry. It shows how there’s so much more to fashion than just clothing,” she added. The course also examines the evolution of HRH Queen Victoria’s fashion since her coronation in 1953.
The five-week course is available on the website FutureLearn and can be accessed online by anyone around the world. So, prepare to be royally schooled.
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