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Outfit fit for a King

PUBLISHED: 10:37 05 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 08 July 2010

RICH colours, sumptuous fabrics, embroidery and beading have helped volunteers at the Oxburgh Hall create a replica Tudor costume fit for a king.

RICH colours, sumptuous fabrics, embroidery and beading have helped volunteers at the Oxburgh Hall create a replica Tudor costume fit for a king.

Henry VII came to stay at Oxburgh Hall in Oxborough in 1487 and his apartment has been called the King's Room ever since. One of the most notable 'period rooms' in the house, it inspired a group of 12 volunteers to create an entire costume that the king himself could have once worn.

Zena Lewis, one of the members of the sewing group said: “The Tudor nobility had great taste in fashion, although Henry VII's taste was less flamboyant than that of Henry VIII's. They wore sumptuous clothes made from expensive materials, often in vivid colours and adorned with jewels.

“We spent hours researching costumes of this period, the fabrics and colours were carefully selected and we've paid particular attention to detail to ensure everything is as authentic as it can be.

“We're all pleased with how it's turned out as it's been months in the making. Everything but the main seams have been hand sewn - the undershirt, tunic, doublet, gown, the brimmed hat, even the garters and suspenders.

“We've made every button, woven every braid, and bought accessories where appropriate, such as handmade shoes, his belt and dagger and the Order of the Golden Fleece that is gilded pewter,” she added.

The sewing group meets at Oxburgh once a week, with each individual working on a specific task. Their attention has now turned to Elizabeth of York, Henry's wife, a costume comprising of intricate stitching and hundreds of beads that should keep them busy for several months.

King Henry VII is now on display in the King's Room at Oxburgh Hall.

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