Henry VIII’s wives were hanging out with Teddy boys in York today. Here’s why

Henry VIII's wives model the Northern College of Costume outfits at Barley Hall in York. Photographs: Richard McDougall
9 May 2017 @ 2.12 pm
| Entertainment, History

Henry VIII’s wives roamed the streets of York on Tuesday (May 9) – but there was no sign of the king himself.

Northern College of Costume Exhibition

Top floor, 26 Market Street, York

Fri May 12 @ 2pm-7pm and Sat May 13 @ 11am-4pm


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Instead there was a gang of Teddy boys hanging about on street corners.

This weird time-travelling mash up – 1500s meets 1950s – came courtesy of the Northern College of Costume.

Students got dressed up to showcase the outfits they had hand-crafted, during the intensive costume-making course at the college on Market Street.

And this Friday and Saturday the public can see the costumes too, at a free exhibition.

BBC inspiration

All the sumptuous costumes can be seen at the Northern College of Costume exhibition

Graduates from the college have gone on to work in the wardrobe sections of dramas including Game Of Thrones, Victoria and Peaky Blinders.

Their beautifully-fashioned outfits are the product of many hours of learning the craft of theatrical costume making.

Taking inspiration from the Barley Hall exhibition of costumes from the BBC Tudor drama Wolf Hall, the current group of students have created tightly laced, heavily draped and elaborately embellished Tudor gowns for each wife of Henry VIII.

Meanwhile the male models have been busy honing their quiffs to compliment their Teddy boy attire.

The exhibition will also showcase glamorous and finely-stitched 1930 evening gowns inspired by designers such as Madeleine Vionnet, Charles James and Elsa Schiaparelli.