Nearly 11,800 students take part in UofG Historic Royal fashion course
Issued: Thu, 17 May 2018 17:00:00 BST
Nearly 11,800 people have signed up to the new free online course on 500 years of Royal fashion.
The 11,786 students for the course called A History of Royal Fashion, are from all over the world. The largest groups are from the United States (35%) and United Kingdom (31%) followed by Canada and Australia.
Dozens of citizens from across Europe are also taking part including learners from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain.
Designed and delivered by the University of Glasgow and independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, it reveals the style secrets of Royalty from Tudors and Stuarts to the Victorians and Windsors.
Want to peek into the wardrobes of past kings & queens? A new free online @FutureLearn course from UofG @SallyTuckett and @HRP_palaces looks at clothing from the Tudors to present day. Launches 7 May. Find out more ➡️ https://t.co/duUT52z3At #FLRoyalFashion pic.twitter.com/zlRceAa2DH— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) March 28, 2018
Dr Sally Tuckett, UofG’s Lecturer in Dress and Textile Histories who is leading the course, said: “I am absolutely delighted how well received this course has been. We have learners representing almost every continent and the student feedback has been absolutely amazing.”
The course began on Monday 7 May and will run for five weeks until Sunday 8 June. However there is still time to sign up to the course, which you can do via the find out more section.
Week 1 – Step into the square shoes of the Tudors and see how their lavish clothes were designed to project power, wealth and control.
Tudor monarchs didn’t just wear extravagant clothing, they used it as a means of power. Sumptuary laws were brought in to regulate what people wore, from fabrics & colours to accessories. Our free course #FLRoyalFashion starts with the Tudors on 7 May https://t.co/1DWol78aN9 pic.twitter.com/5wytuxvSYx— HistoricRoyalPalaces (@HRP_palaces) April 30, 2018
Week 2 – The Stuarts are centre stage to showcase how they dressed for leisure and influenced new trends through performance in an increasing time of conflict.
The Stuart dynasty witnessed a chain of dramatic events & the impact on royal fashion was huge. From lustrous Charles I to the austerity of the Commonwealth to the decadence of Charles II, week 2 of our free #FLRoyalFashion course is on the Stuarts: https://t.co/1DWol78aN9 pic.twitter.com/MvPisPryHl— HistoricRoyalPalaces (@HRP_palaces) 14 May 2018
Week 3 – Explore the glamorous Georgians, their century of economic and social change, extreme fashions and an era marked by very public and very private monarchs.
The Georgian courts were fanatic about social rank, and status was reflected in clothing. In 1790, the Duke of Bedford’s suit cost him £500 – £28k today. This ivory silk suit dates from 1760-90. Our free #FLRoyalFashion course this week is on the Georgians https://t.co/1DWol78aN9 pic.twitter.com/OqQ5CyGwa6— HistoricRoyalPalaces (@HRP_palaces) May 21, 2018
Week 4 – Move into the reign of Queen Victoria, her own changing wardrobe and how technological advancements took fashion forwards.
Queen Victoria’s reign was an era of rapid technological, industrial & social change, all of which had a huge impact on fashion. From the cage crinoline & aniline dyes to innovations in tailoring, this week our #FLRoyalFashion course is on the Victorians: https://t.co/1DWol78aN9 pic.twitter.com/0kRGYfimWg— HistoricRoyalPalaces (@HRP_palaces) May 28, 2018
Week 5 – Welcome to the 20th century where the Windsors balance royal fashion with diplomacy and expectations in an era of mass media and celebrity.
In an era marked by two world wars and the first televised British coronation, how did royal fashion adapt and change?— HRP Learning Team (@HRP_learning) June 4, 2018
Find out here at https://t.co/wrhtV1Nrxt
Image: Detail of a robe worn by the Marchioness of Cambridge to the Queen’s coronation in 1953. #FLRoyalFashion pic.twitter.com/ETPymEq4sL