The Tudors

The Tudors - an exhibition of costumes from the hit tv series

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An exhibition of costumes from hit TV series The Tudors.

The loan of these costumes has been made possible by the generous support of costume designer Joan Bergin, the creator of The Tudors Michael Hirst, and the Mary Rose Trust.

In an interview with the LA Times, Bergin described The Tudors as “a strange blend of trying to be as authentic as possible but with a twist”. She wanted people to look at it and say “Look how sexy and foxy,” rather than “Oh! Who would wear that?” Her inspiration came from Balenciaga corsets and the ballerinas of Degas.

Across the series about 500 costumes were made and countless others were rented and modified. The degree of skill employed can be seen in every detail of the costumes from fabric to braid to button.

The costumes are on display to the public on the mezzanine level of the Tournament gallery in the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

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