The University of Glasgow is now offering a course called “A History of Royal Fashion” for those of us who want to unpack the sartorial choices made by royals over the years.
According to the university’s website, the course will take students “into the wardrobes of British kings and queens across five royal dynasties from the Tudors, Stuarts and Georgians to the Victorians and Windsors.”
There will apparently be “exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, experts at the University of Glasgow and Historic Royal Palaces will introduce you to the different sources we can use to study fashion history.”
Students will also get to “go behind the scenes at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and the Banqueting House to explore the styles of monarchs and their families and the impact of their clothing on society.”
If you’re thinking you have to be in Glasgow to do it, you don’t! What’s perhaps the best part is anyone can enroll in the program because it’s being offered online – and it’s free! It will run for five weeks and enrollment details for the next session will be announced on the university’s website soon.
Sally Tuckett , a dress and textile histories lecturer, told Harper’s Bazaar the course is ideal for those who want to learn more about why royals wear what they wear.
"It can… be decorative, and frivolous, and anything in between," she revealed. "And by studying their clothes, we can learn a lot about the monarchs of the past and about their subjects."