Anne's coronation gown when she was crowned and when they celebrated also she was with child when she wore this gown also when she tried to be assassinated i love this dress all you have to do is look at it
Yet another Anne Boleyn costume that "Tudors" fans will recognize. By itself, it's a beautiful dress. Blue is my fave color, & the gold over-skirt really sets it off, though it doesn't really match the gown itself. It's almost as if somebody attached it at the last minute.
I didn't notice this until recently. Apparently the costume designers worked an extremely subtle symbol into this gown. I read in Eric Ives' book, "The Life & Death of Anne Boleyn," that Anne & Henry actually had a secret code of symbols between them, something that was embroidered into much of Anne's trappings as well as being featured on frescoes & said to be found in secret notes between them. It was the Acorn & the Honeysuckle. The acorn was Henry, & the honeysuckle flower was Anne, and the design shows them growing out of a single plant, just like the inter-twining of their love relationship. If you look at Anne's stomacher, you can see the flowers & acorns embroidered into it . Very clever on the costume designers' part. Too bad they didn't try that clever stuff on other costumes in this series.
From a historical perspective, such a gown would have been impossible to make b/c they lacked the dyeing technique to achieve that shade of aqua blue. The dress also (like nearly all the dresses in this series) lacks the well-known bell sleeves that most Tudor ladies had on their costumes.
I saw a video with Anne wearing this dress and upstaging Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII's closest adviser & friend at the time. It's been well-documented that Anne and him were rivals, due to the fact that he was the biggest obstacle to her getting married to the king & removing Catherine from the picture. In some novelizations, she blames him for blabbing to her father about her secret marriage to Henry Percy.
In the video, she at first is dismissed by the Cardinal, who wonders what a "silly girl like her" would want with the king. He comes in a day or so later & sees that same "silly girl" in the King's presence, acting like a Queen and being treated as an equal. Anne's wearing the pale blue gown, though I would have to agree w/ the commentators on the wiki. She was wearing this really cheap-looking headdress that was not necessary to complete the outfit at all. It's as if she grabbed it on the way to the king's chambers and thought to herself "this should make me look especially like a queen for that stupid cardinal."
Personally, I think they chose an actor who was much too thin to play Wolsey. I like him b/c he played Dr. Grant on "Jurassic Park," and he was the star of the "Merlin" miniseries. The real Cardinal Wolsey was not very attractive; he had a nose the could have punctured the Titanic and must have weighed 300 lbs. (Take a look at paintings of him if u don't believe me).
I saw Anne wearing this in a brief video where she tells off Catherine of Aragon's ladies. She actually had the gall to say nasty things to them about the Spanish :S The real Anne wouldn't have tried that until she was actually queen.
Some people say this gown is purple, but it's really burgundy. Though some of the commentators on the Tudors wiki said that this was considered "purple" in the Middle Ages b/c of the dyeing technique used at the time for making royal cloth. I used a special coloring technique from the game to give the dark red outer dress a subtle purple tinge. Again, this dress was a 2nd version and looks much better than the first time I tried to make it. The first version of the dress had a poofy skirt, a boned, corset-like bodice, and almost no jewels or detail. Again, in a weird twist of fate, this dress looks better on the doll than it did in the show. It's gotten 3 Crowns for Pretty, 1 for Intricate, & 1 for Original on Doll-Divine, though it's not an original artwork for me.
My only real praise for this dress was it was a tiny bit more Tudor-looking than some of Anne's costumes.
The biggest problem with this costume was, it looks inappropriate for both the story & would have gotten Anne arrested or ostracized in real life.
Story-wise, it was too early for her to wear that shade of purple, much less the crown. Both styles were only reserved for royalty, and she wasn't even Henry's official fiancee at that time in the series. Some costumers have also complained that the gold ferns on her bodice ruin the ensemble and take away from the pretty gold & amethyst jewelry she's wearing.
I actually have a problem with the prolific number of crowns worn on "The Tudors" in general, because it seemed like everyone was wearing them, and over half of them looked cheap, like something you could get out of a Burger King happy meal, or a little girl's dress-up collection. Henry's very FIRST outfit has a crown that looks cheesy :S Seeing him dressed like that & the terrible acting made me feel like I was watching a bunch of kids playing dress-up.
History-wise, purple & crowns would have been, by law, only reserved for royalty, and anyone who was not of royal blood caught wearing such things would have been arrested, heavily fined, or even executed. Also, in that time in history, crowns weren't worn nearly as much as the hats, bonnets, & ladies' hoods. Most of the time, crowns were only worn at extremely big celebrations, like coronations or some promotional ceremony for a high-class noble.
I actually avoided doing this costume simply due to the fact that it's a really freaky mish-mash of Medieval, Renaissance, & Victorian fashion. (I get the feeling Joan Bergin must have been on crack when dreaming up some of these costumes, b/c she's constantly getting her time-periods AND the characters' visual personalities mixed up. Either that or she forgot what century Henry VIII & his contemporaries lived in).
Even this artistic imitation isn't accurate b/c the game lacks the floor-length outer sleeves on Anne's dress (a sleeve design used in the High Middle Ages, as that era was called), though I did my best. (I liked the fabric anyhow). The crown was difficult too. It looked like a tiny gold filigree screen w/ diamonds, & was re-worn & recycled several times in the series.
Anne wears this in 2 different scenes, & I chose the 1 where she's NOT having a fight w/ Henry & begging him to give her another chance at delivering him a son. Though it was sweet seeing her holding little Elizabeth in her arms.
This was one of the more difficult dresses I've made for Anne. I didn't even attempt it until recently b/c it was so complicated & such an unusual color. From what little I could see in the wiki photos, the dress is silvery-blue, while the sleeves are black with silver & gold stripes. However, a lot of fans love this dress, & I just couldn't leave it out of the collection. I ended up with a compromise regarding the color. I couldn't get silvery blue, so I made it a soft blue w/ gray woven in. The medallions on her bodice were also difficult b/c there aren't any silver medallions in the game, only gold or pearls.
The doll has gotten 1 Crown for Pretty and 3 for Accurate (though probably towards the costume, not history), & 1 for Intricate.
It is a pretty dress, and I've even seen it converted into a modded outfit for Sims on Sims 2 to wear. The sleeves are especially striking, and the silvery blue compliments the Queen's much darker wardrobe.
However, I found two things strange about the costume on the Tudors show: 1.) Anne Boleyn was shown working in the honored position of one of Queen Catherine's ladies-in-waiting, (something she did in real life too) and this job included attending to the Queen's personal needs. As expected with any job, the ladies wore "uniforms" that the Queen probably designed herself to suit her position and color preference. So it makes very little sense that Anne's "uniform" is much prettier and more decorated than the rest of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting. Everyone knows she eventually became important in the King & Queen's lives, but that's no reason to really make her stand out like a favored servant. The Queen treated her no differently than her other ladies-in-waiting while Anne was in her service.
2.) I did read that the show actually condensed the time-span of Henry VIII's reign, and changed some of the characters' ages and life experiences to suit the course of the main storyline, as well as appeal to viewers w/ shorter attention-spans than your average history-nut (of which I'm one ) In that context, they made it look like Anne rose to the privileged position of waiting on the Queen & washing her feet at night, in the span of a few months, when in fact, she was in the Queen's service for a few YEARS before she could even come CLOSE to that honor. (This is also true of how long it took Henry to notice Anne in real life, as opposed to what the show romantically implied).
A lot of "Tudors" fans know about this dress It's what Anne was wearing in a lot of promotional pictures. Though I would have to agree w/ some of the commentators on the fact that the sleeves look more like 18th century sleeves, rather than what was worn in the 16th century. Doesn't make much sense, but nothing really did with the costumes in this tv show. I didn't like how the bodice makes her torso look short & fat. But then again, the real dresses in that time period had short, square bodices, so all the ladies looked like that, no matter their size.
Someone on the wiki also said that dark red was Anne's favorite color in real life. I'm not surprised, really. The dark red looks nice with her hair.
Not exactly what I'd call a 16th century dress. Looks more like something from the Victorian era, though the dark blue looks pretty on Anne. It also seems the character likes it as well, b/c she wears it several times in the series.
This outfit just wouldn't be complete without the hat. A lot of girls like Anne's feathered hat. Since they didn't have one in the game, I made it out of black beads & pearls.
This reminds me of something I learned recently about real Tudor fashion. When Henry VIII started wearing his famous flattened bonnets with the ostrich feathers, the hat became so popular that BOTH men & women wore it, and the styles did vary a little. Mom joked that a lot of ostriches ran around naked in Africa in those days so that every rich person in England could have feathers in their hats.
This costume was actually a 2nd version. First time around I didn't put as much detail in the bodice, nor was there a hat at all. The image has gotten 2 crowns for intricate , and 1 for accurate (probably to the costume itself) on Doll-Divine so far
Not everyone liked the dress, though, partially b/c it was inaccurate, but also b/c some of the fabrics looked like a bunch of upholstery had been thrown together. Maybe it might have looked better if the sleeves matched the fabric of the under-skirt.
It's weird, but some of these costumes actually look better in the scene-maker than they did on the show. Maybe it's a cartoon thing.
It actually looks like it would be fun to wear while horseback riding through the woods near a Renaissance Fair
This dress was a recycled costume. It was originally used in the movie "Elizabeth," with Cate Blanchett as the star. There are a TON of costumes they recycled from various Renaissance films for this tv show, and sometimes they got really mixed up with time periods. A lot of commentators complained about the fact that some of the characters were wearing costumes ahead of their time, & Anne was no exception. The biggest problem w/ her wardrobe was it was Elizabethan, & it makes very little sense, fiction or no, that she would be wearing such clothes ahead of their time.
The outfits all the ladies (including Anne) wore in the pageant scene looked kind of bizarre. They looked across between burlesque dancers & ballerinas. A commentator on the wiki even said that the dresses looked more like underwear than costumes for a public spectacle like that. The gold crowns the girls wore looked especially silly. Though it is kind of romantic how Henry & Anne met in that scene.
Henry VIII was known to write pageants & star in them. I think the term "mummery" applies there, but I'm not sure. If there is a Renaissance fan who knows more, pls speak up. Anyway, today Henry would have been like a rock star who wrote, directed, produced, & starred in his own pageants. (At least, when he was young, & not quite insane yet).
This pageant actually did happen, and Anne was in it, but she and the King didn't really meet face-to-face then. Henry noticed Anne a few years later. It was Anne's first appearance at the Tudor court after her return from France. Also, the ladies probably wore white versions of the famous Tudor gowns we know, rather than the crazy underwear tutus.
The account I found of what really happened can be found here: