Emmy Award winners worn in hit BBC series The Tudors to return to Mary Rose Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 January 2012
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A photo of a series of Tudor costumes on mannequins inside a museum
A Tudor renaissance at the Mary Rose Museum
It's not often a museum has a Hollywood costume designer, a set of naval mannequins and a branch of Debenhams to thank in exhibition credits.

A photo of an elegant white and charcoal-lined Tudor dress inside a museum
Joss Stone's dress for her role as Anne of Cleves
The return of a glitzy catwalk of costumes from The Tudors, the Emmy Award-winning BBC series bringing Henry VIII to blood-splattering life, definitely has a touch of stardust to it, featuring numbers worn by Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the King, Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves and Joely Richardson as Catherine Parr among nine going on show.

Shaped and weaved by Joan Bergin, who is no stranger to Emmys on her mantelpiece alongside a string of Irish Film and Television Academy awards, the previous outings for the designs count Los Angeles' Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum and New York fashion emporium Macy's as host venues.

They are now back in Portsmouth, where they first appeared in 2011, in a display which will also boost the £35 million revamp of the Mary Rose Museum.

A photo of a line-up of colourful Tudor dresses inside a museum
Around 500 costumes were made for The Tudors, with many more rented and modified
"The discovery of Henry VIII's flagship and its retrieval from the seabed, with thousands of contemporary artefacts, is reason enough to reinvent and reinvigorate a Museum which already houses many iconic objects from our glorious naval history," says Michael Hirst, the creator of The Tudors, who has given his backing to a showcase adorned with the perfectly-tailored outfits his cast slipped into.

"I would encourage everyone with an interest in British History to support the new Mary Rose Museum appeal.

"It will transform the Museum into a wonderful contemporary space through which to explore our extraordinary past." These costumes are not a bad place to start.

  • The costumes are on display until April 15 2012.
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