There’s no denying the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge‘s sartorial pulling power with their world-famous Kensington Palace wardrobes inspiring our every shopping move.
So royal fashion followers will be pleased to learn that there is a now a course dedicated to the diplomatic methods behind their sell-out style.
The University of Glasgow has launched a five-week online course which will delve into the royal fashion history books to look at how regal attire has changed across five dynasties.
From the Tudors, Stuarts and Georgians to the Windsors, the free programme, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, will examine how leading royals use fashion to project power, wealth and control.
The course will also provide students with exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection with leading curators from Historic Royal Palaces offering their expertise on the varying eras.
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According to dress and textile histories lecturer, Sally Tuckett, the new programme will also enable students to garner a greater look at the incredible attire worn by the likes of Queen Victoria, Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II.
“It can also be decorative, and frivolous, and anything in between,” Tuckett revealed. “And by studying their clothes, we can learn a lot about the monarchs of the past and about their subjects.”
“This free online course is going to take you behind the scenes of the royal wardrobes of the kings and queens of Britain,” she continued. “Historic royal fashion could be practical and functional.”
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THE COURSE ITINERARY
Week 1 – Step into the square shoes of the Tudors and see how their lavish clothes were designed to project power, wealth and control
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
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
Week 4 – Move into the reign of Queen Victoria, her own changing wardrobe and how technological advancements took fashion forwards
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.
During the final week of the course, students will be introduced to the 20th century with a heavy focus on how the Windsor clan balance “royal fashion with diplomacy and expectations in an era of mass media and celebrity”.
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While both Kate and Meghan are globally-recognised style inspirations in their own right, the Duchess of Sussex was recently declared the leading fashion muse. According to Lyst, the new mother’s wardrobe has almost twice as much online demand as Kate’s engagement outfits do.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s royal closet was behind an increase of 119 per cent of online interest in comparison to Meghan, who averages at around 216 per cent.
The news comes just days after the Duchess of Sussex announced that she is working on a capsule workwear collection in partnership with the likes of Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw.
‘A History of Royal Fashion’ is free to participate in and you can sign up via the University of Glasgow website.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.