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Gorgeous “Tudors” Costumes On Display for Mary Rose 500

Remember those swoon-worthy costumes the “Tudors” actors wore (or removed, as the case was quite often!)? They’ll be on show for the first time in the U.K. starting Saturday 29 January through the end of March at the Mary Rose Museum. The event will celebrate the U.K. release of the final season of “The Tudors” and give the public a chance to contribute to the excellent Mary Rose Appeal.

Here’s the entire “linkified” news release about this exciting event; thank you to Fiona Harvey of the Mary Rose 500 for letting The Tudor Tutor know all the goods:


Emmy Award-Winning Costumes from ‘The Tudors’ to go on display for Mary Rose 500 Appeal
The Tudors – Courtly Couture Collection

Saturday 29th January – until Thursday 31st March 2011 at the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

 As the multiple Emmy Award-winning series “THE TUDORS” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers returns for its climactic final season on Saturday 22nd January (BBC2 21.45), the Mary Rose 500 Appeal are thrilled to be showcasing some of the costumes for the very first time in the UK, including Henry VIII’s orange and bronze war costume from the final series that has been used on the promotional posters.

The costumes will go on display in the AV Theatre of the Mary Rose Museum from Saturday 29th January until Thursday 31st March. Entry can be gained with a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or free via the museum shop where it is hoped that the public will generously donate to the Mary Rose 500 Appeal to help build the new museum to open in 2012, where more of these stunning exhibitions will be possible.

The eight costumes on show will be those that were worn by Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII, Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves, Joely Richardson as Catherine Parr, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Catherine of Aragon, Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, Annabelle Wallis as Jane Seymour and Tamzin Merchant as Catherine Howard.

They were on display last year at the Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries, Los Angeles; but this will be the first time they will be displayed in the UK.

Joan Bergin is the Costume Designer and winner of the 2010 Emmy for “Outstanding Costume For A Series”, along with Wardrobe Supervisor Susan Cave. Bergin also won Emmys for the series in 2007 and 2008 and received Irish Film & Television Academy awards in 2008 and 2009 as well. Her museum-quality costumes were featured in a Macy’s display in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day. Bergin has contributed to movies including “My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father” and “The Prestige.” She is currently working on the Starz Network production of “Camelot,” starring Eva Green and Joseph Fiennes.

Across the series they made about 500 costumes and rented and modified countless others. The degree of skill can be seen in every detail of the costumes from cloth to braid to button.

In an interview with the LA Times, Bergin described “The Tudors” as a strange blend of trying to be as authentic as possible but with a twist. She wanted people to look at it and say, “Look how sexy and foxy,” rather than, “Oh! Who would wear that?” Balenciaga corsets and the Degas ballerinas were her inspiration.

The loan of the costumes has been through the generous support of Joan Bergin and the creator and writer of “The Tudors”, Michael Hirst who will also be visiting the Mary Rose Museum for an event on the 24th March 7-9pm – talking about the series with the final episode airing on Saturday 26th March. Tickets will be priced at £10 with proceeds going to the Mary Rose 500 Appeal.

Michael Hirst commented that: “I am delighted to offer my support to the new Mary Rose Museum appeal and would encourage everyone with an interest in British history to support it too, and perhaps contribute something towards the £35 million which it will cost to transform the Museum into a wonderful contemporary space through which to explore our extraordinary past.

The discovery of Henry V111’s flagship and its retrieval from the sea bed, 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.

So I wish the Trust well in all its endeavours to do justice to what was once lost and in darkness, but is now found and in public sight once more.” 

The exhibition will be open from 11am-3pm on most days, but is advisable to check before visiting at, the MaryRose500 Facebook or Twitter feed, or by calling Fiona Harvey, Appeals fundraiser 023 92 750 521 ext 228.

 There will also be a series of ‘Get the Look’ workshops surrounding the exhibition including knitting and beading workshops at the Museum, talks by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb on Henry VIII and Elizabeth Norton on Catherine Parr. Further details are available as per the contact details above.

 The Mary Rose 500 Appeal would like to acknowledge Debenhams Southsea and the National Museum of the Royal Navy for the loan of mannequins, Arts University College Bournemouth for help in putting the collection exhibition together, Joan Bergin for the loan of the costumes, Michael Hirst writer and producer and Sony for their use of images.

For further press information please contact: Melissa Gerbaldi, Press Officer

Tel: 023 9289 4558 or Email:


The Tudors – Courtly Couture Collection

Saturday 29th January – Thursday 31st March 2011 at the Mary Rose Museum (AV Theatre)

Free with a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or entry via the Mary Rose Museum Shop – donations to Mary Rose 500 Appeal

11am-3pm on most days, but is advisable to check before visiting at, the MaryRose500 Facebook or Twitter feed or by calling Fiona Harvey, Appeals fundraiser 023 92 750 521 ext 228.

Workshop dates:

Saturday 5th February Knitting for Beginners – 10am – 1pm £15

Saturday 12th February Decorative Knitting Techniques – 10am – 4pm £35

Saturday 5th March Knitting for Beginners 10am – 1pm as above

Saturday 26th March – Kids from Fame legwarmers 10am – 4pm £35 as above

Tutor Ingrid Murnane – costs include knitting needles and yarn.

Saturday 2nd April Beading for beginners 10am – 4pm

Tutor SallyAnn Dunn Cost £40 includes materials

Places limited to 10 advance booking necessary call Fiona 023 92 750 521

Thursday 3rd March – Prince to Tyrant  – What happened to Henry VIII – Talk by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb Tickets £8.50

Thursday 28th April – Catherine Parr the last queen of Henry VIII and Regent General of England – Talk by Elizabeth Norton Tickets £9.50

Information from or by calling Fiona Harvey, Appeals fundraiser 023 92 750 521 ext 228.

Background Information For Editors On the Mary Rose 500 Appeal

The Mary Rose and her 19,000 artefacts are unique and of significant importance – the Mary Rose 500 ‘new crew’ appeal will write the final chapter in a story that began with her raising in 1982

This is the final funding push – a chance for the public to become involved in a mammoth fundraising effort that has already seen the Mary Rose Trust raise £12.1 million towards a £14 million target, the amount that it must raise to contribute to the full £35million cost of the new museum project. The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed £21 million – which meets the rest of the cost.

The ‘new crew’ public appeal target is to raise £250,000 – as a start point for the overall public appeal target of £1 million.

‘Mary Rose 500: recruiting the new crew’ – the Mary Rose Trust is looking for 500 individuals, schools, businesses, organisations, clubs, societies, colleges, to come on board and symbolically become the ‘new crew’ of the Mary Rose, each pledging to raise £500 and become a part of the Mary Rose history.

The importance of ‘500’ to the Mary Rose – the original crew numbered some 500 and it was launched on the 500th anniversary (2009) of Henry VIII coming to the throne and of his commissioning of the Mary Rose. With funding secure, the new museum will also open in time to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Rose (1512).

This is an ambitious museum project that will not only preserve the Mary Rose and her contents, but it will realise the dream to secure her future for generations of visitors, in a purpose built museum which brings together the ship and her contents for the first time since 1545 to tell their unique story of Tudor life.




  Anne Barnhill wrote @

Oh, if only I lived in England! Well, maybe I’ll get there some day–I so want to see this stuff in person….Thanks for the info–those are luscious costumes!

  A Different Lara wrote @

The costumes are GORGEOUS. If I were Natalie Dormer, I’d have wanted to keep one or two of them! 😉

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