Inspire Me

  • THE HISTORY OF COSTUME

    Today, fancy dress remains a hallmark of mainstream celebrations. But where did fancy dress begin in England, and why was dressing-up sometimes given a dressing-down by society?

  • WWII: WARTIME WARDROBES

    Historian and author Julie Summers examines the impact of clothes rationing, one of the more memorable daily adjustments during the Second World War.

  • ELIZABETH I AND ROBERT DUDLEY

    Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley were certainly emotionally dependent on each other throughout their lives, but were they ever really lovers?

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