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    • BBC

    Elizabeth R

    1971

    Costume seen on Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I

    • BBC

    Henry VIII

    1979

    Costume seen on Barbara Kellerman as Anne Boleyn

    • Channel 4 Television Corporation

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    2001

    Costume seen on Julia Marsen as Anne Boleyn

    • Granada Television

    Henry VIII

    2003

    Costume seen on an uncredited actress as Lady Bryan

    • BBC

    Days That Shook the World: Affairs of the Crown: The Execution of Anne Boleyn

    2004

    Costume seen on Jo Martell as Anne Boleyn

    • Allison and Busby

    Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain

    2008 reissue of a 1953 novel

    Costume seen on the cover of a Margaret Irwin novel

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About the Costume

Costume designer Elizabeth Waller created this extraordinary white gown for Glenda Jackson to wear in the title role of the BBC’s Elizabeth R. Waller’s costumes from the production won an Emmy for best costume design, and the gowns went on to be reused in numerous productions.

After being worn by Glenda Jackson, the dress was used for the 1979 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, where Barbara Kellerman wore it as Anne Boleyn, though decorative braiding seems to have been added to give it a different look. It was not seen again until David Starkey’s 2001 documentary The Six Wives of Henry VIII, where Julia Marsen wore it as Anne Boleyn. The costume made its fourth appearance, very briefly, in 2003’s Henry VIII on an uncredited actress as Lady Bryan, though the gown’s partlet was not used. In 2004 the dress was worn by Jo Martell as Anne Boleyn in the series Days That Shook the World in the episode Affairs of the Crown: The Execution of Anne Boleyn. Finally, the costume was spotted once more on a 2008 re-issue of a 1953 Margaret Irwin novel entitled Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. 

In 2009 the gown went up for auction at Bonhams, which described the piece as:

An Elizabethan ‘Spanish Farthingale’ style gown, of gold colored brocade, comprising: a gown and sleeves, heavily embroidered with gold thread, the full-length sleeves with ermine type fur to large cuffs, the boned bodice with laced back and v-neck edged with gold braid; a skirt, of corresponding fabric, with roll pads to hips, with matching removable shoulder and collar jacket.

The costume was sold on June 16th, 2009, for US$ 1,192.

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About the Costume

Costume designer Elizabeth Waller created this extraordinary white gown for Glenda Jackson to wear in the title role of the BBC’s Elizabeth R. Waller’s costumes from the production won an Emmy for best costume design, and the gowns went on to be reused in numerous productions.

After being worn by Glenda Jackson, the dress was used for the 1979 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, where Barbara Kellerman wore it as Anne Boleyn, though decorative braiding seems to have been added to give it a different look. It was not seen again until David Starkey’s 2001 documentary The Six Wives of Henry VIII, where Julia Marsen wore it as Anne Boleyn. The costume made its fourth appearance, very briefly, in 2003’s Henry VIII on an uncredited actress as Lady Bryan, though the gown’s partlet was not used. In 2004 the dress was worn by Jo Martell as Anne Boleyn in the series Days That Shook the World in the episode Affairs of the Crown: The Execution of Anne Boleyn. Finally, the costume was spotted once more on a 2008 re-issue of a 1953 Margaret Irwin novel entitled Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. 

In 2009 the gown went up for auction at Bonhams, which described the piece as:

An Elizabethan ‘Spanish Farthingale’ style gown, of gold colored brocade, comprising: a gown and sleeves, heavily embroidered with gold thread, the full-length sleeves with ermine type fur to large cuffs, the boned bodice with laced back and v-neck edged with gold braid; a skirt, of corresponding fabric, with roll pads to hips, with matching removable shoulder and collar jacket.

The costume was sold on June 16th, 2009, for US$ 1,192.

Costume designer Elizabeth Waller created this extraordinary white gown for Glenda Jackson to wear in the title role of the BBC’s Elizabeth R. Waller’s costumes from the production won an Emmy for best costume design, and the gowns went on to be reused in numerous productions.

After being worn by Glenda Jackson, the dress was used for the 1979 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, where Barbara Kellerman wore it as Anne Boleyn, though decorative braiding seems to have been added to give it a different look. It was not seen again until David Starkey’s 2001 documentary The Six Wives of Henry VIII, where Julia Marsen wore it as Anne Boleyn. The costume made its fourth appearance, very briefly, in 2003’s Henry VIII on an uncredited actress as Lady Bryan, though the gown’s partlet was not used. In 2004 the dress was worn by Jo Martell as Anne Boleyn in the series Days That Shook the World in the episode Affairs of the Crown: The Execution of Anne Boleyn. Finally, the costume was spotted once more on a 2008 re-issue of a 1953 Margaret Irwin novel entitled Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. 

In 2009 the gown went up for auction at Bonhams, which described the piece as:

An Elizabethan ‘Spanish Farthingale’ style gown, of gold colored brocade, comprising: a gown and sleeves, heavily embroidered with gold thread, the full-length sleeves with ermine type fur to large cuffs, the boned bodice with laced back and v-neck edged with gold braid; a skirt, of corresponding fabric, with roll pads to hips, with matching removable shoulder and collar jacket.

The costume was sold on June 16th, 2009, for US$ 1,192.

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Katie S.
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Costume Designer:
  • Elizabeth Waller

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