Late Shift Extra: The Elizabethans Undressed

Late Shift Extra: The Elizabethans Undressed

Friday 25 October
18.00 - 22.00

In partnership with FTI Consulting

For one night only, delve into a world of Elizabethan fashion, music, cosmetics and culture inspired by our current exhibition Elizabeth I & Her People*.

Marvel at the ritual of dressing and undressing in Elizabethan times with costume designer Jenny Tiramani and her specialist team. Admire the completed outfits, which are created using Original Practices and meticulous attention to detail, as they are paraded in a spectacular catwalk show.

Experience the thrill of Elizabethan love poetry with an intimate performance of John Donne’s poem ‘To his Mistress Going to Bed’ and get creative with the evening’s writer in residence. Enjoy talks by exhibition curator Dr Tarnya Cooper and other experts, take part in drawing, textile and cosmetics workshops, and revel like it’s 1599 with live music in the pop-up bar.

All activities are free.

* To visit Elizabeth I & Her People on the night advance booking is essential.

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This event is in partnership with The School of Historical Dress

The School was established in 2009 to promote the study of historical dress, including that of non-western cultures, by using primary evidence, in particular surviving clothing and textiles. Written and visual sources support this work.

The School encourages new research into historical dress and introduces students to the tools needed for this including how to study an object, identifying materials, cut, construction and historical context. Various historical methods of pattern drafting, construction and decorative techniques are taught, often by the creation of samplers and toiles, and crucially the students are taught how to fit historical garments on a person. All of these elements are given a context by exploring the way people wore them in the past.

The teaching is primarily from practitioners actively working in the skilled crafts of surveying and reconstructing the clothes of the past, an approach invaluable to students from diverse backgrounds. Those who have contributed to the courses include designers, makers, curators, conservators and archivists.

The School houses The Janet Arnold Archive including her unique and extensive collection of colour images, both of extant clothing and related material. The Hopkins’ Collection of surviving garments and textiles from c.1700 onwards brings further riches. This large collection gathered over forty years by Alan and Vanessa Hopkins includes the dress of men and women from all social classes. These two collections form the basis for projects, giving students the opportunity to handle selected objects as part of their studies.

Jenny Tiramani’s Biography

Jenny Tiramani is the Principal of The School of Historical Dress, established in 2009 to teach an object-based approach to the subject.

She has worked as a Costume and Stage Designer since 1977. She was Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London 1997-2005, receiving the Laurence Oliver Award for Best Costume Design 2003, for the Globe production of Twelfth Night. Recent work includes costume designs for Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2011. Jenny returned to the Globe in 2012 to design the new productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III that transferred to the Apollo Theatre, London. Both shows are currently playing at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. Future designs for theatre include costumes for André Chenier by Umberto Giordano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare and Mendelssohn for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, both in 2014.

In 2008 she completed Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 4: The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, headwear, neckwear and accessories for men & women c1540-1660 with Santina M. Levey. She has since co-written Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns: Book One and Two.

The Elizabethans Undressed Cast and Crew

Actors: Eve Goodman; Joel Hughes; Rhys Meredith; Jonathan Oliver; Lizzie Phillips; and Roddy Maude Roxby.

Wardrobe team: Hattie Barsby; Holly Hughes; Pam Humpage; Jo Rice; Emma Seychell; Claire Thornton; and Debbie Watson.


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This booklet was created in response to the exhibition Elizabeth I & Her People and a late night event at the Gallery on 25 October 2013. Costume designer Jenny Tiramani from The School of Historical Dress explores Elizabethan clothing through John Donne’s poem 'Elegy 19 To his Mistress Going to Bed.' This original version of the poem was written in the Elizabethan period and was included in the anthology The Harmony of Muses compiled by Robert Chamberlain in 1654.