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  • Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I wearing a black and white gown decorated with bows in the 1971 mini-series "Elizabeth R."
    • BBC

    Elizabeth R

    1971

    Costume seen on Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I

  • Karen Archer as Queen Elizabeth I wearing a white and black gown decorated with bows in the 2000 mini-series "Elizabeth: The Acclaimed Saga of England's Virgin Queen."
    • Channel 4 Television Corporation
    • A&E
    • The History Channel

    Elizabeth: The Acclaimed Saga of England's Virgin Queen

    2000

    Costume seen on Karen Archer as Queen Elizabeth I

  • A model as Queen Elizabeth I wearing a black and white gown decorated with bows in a 2008 ad for LKXA Youth Bank.
    • Caldas Naya
    • LKXA Youth Bank

    LKXA Youth Bank

    2008

    Costume seen on a model for a Youth Bank ad as Queen Elizabeth I

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About the Costume

Elizabeth Waller created this stunning gown for the 1971 BBC production Elizabeth R, where Glenda Jackson wore it as Queen Elizabeth I. The gown was based on a real dress worn by Elizabeth, which was immortalized in what is known as the Armada Portrait, likely painted by George Gower in 1588.

The costume was used again for David Starkey’s documentary, Elizabeth: The Acclaimed Saga of England’s Virgin Queen almost thirty years later. It was worn by Karen Archer as Queen Elizabeth I, though it was altered slightly. The gown was later spotted in an advertisement for LKXA Youth Bank in 2008. This ad is interesting because it allows us to see a much more detailed view of the skirt, which up until now had not been shown in its full splendor on film. However, it is clear that alterations have been made to the gown, and much of it has been very heavily photoshopped.

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About the Costume

Elizabeth Waller created this stunning gown for the 1971 BBC production Elizabeth R, where Glenda Jackson wore it as Queen Elizabeth I. The gown was based on a real dress worn by Elizabeth, which was immortalized in what is known as the Armada Portrait, likely painted by George Gower in 1588.

The costume was used again for David Starkey’s documentary, Elizabeth: The Acclaimed Saga of England’s Virgin Queen almost thirty years later. It was worn by Karen Archer as Queen Elizabeth I, though it was altered slightly. The gown was later spotted in an advertisement for LKXA Youth Bank in 2008. This ad is interesting because it allows us to see a much more detailed view of the skirt, which up until now had not been shown in its full splendor on film. However, it is clear that alterations have been made to the gown, and much of it has been very heavily photoshopped.

Elizabeth Waller created this stunning gown for the 1971 BBC production Elizabeth R, where Glenda Jackson wore it as Queen Elizabeth I. The gown was based on a real dress worn by Elizabeth, which was immortalized in what is known as the Armada Portrait, likely painted by George Gower in 1588.

The costume was used again for David Starkey’s documentary, Elizabeth: The Acclaimed Saga of England’s Virgin Queen almost thirty years later. It was worn by Karen Archer as Queen Elizabeth I, though it was altered slightly. The gown was later spotted in an advertisement for LKXA Youth Bank in 2008. This ad is interesting because it allows us to see a much more detailed view of the skirt, which up until now had not been shown in its full splendor on film. However, it is clear that alterations have been made to the gown, and much of it has been very heavily photoshopped.

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  1. The LKXA advert reproduction of the armada portrait gown seems to have been reused for a BBC documentary. It’s worn by Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I in “the Armada – 12 days to save England”

  2. Also, I think the LKXA dressis used in Doctor Who (Series 3, ep.2 The Shakespeare Code) on Queen Elizabeth. I think this because in this, rather grainy, photo the embroidered detail on the dress (octogon stars)is the same (the bodice looks the same too) with a black and white coat over the top. Which probably means that given that the ruff is the same, that they simply reused the dress with a extra coat

  3. i think you may be right. on closer examination, there are more differences. for example the bows on the elizabeth R dress are blue und pink, the ones for the ad are brown and salmon. the black fabric for the first dress seems structured, perhaps plaid or something, whereas the fabric on the ad-dress seems to be straight black velvet. than there is the reddish lining of the sleeves on the latter dress and the attachment of pearls on their seams, which seem to be enclosed by lines of other ornaments. plus the bodice seems to have four vertical stripes where the E-R dress hasn’t, but this one has different, limp pink bow attached to it’s peak. and finally: observe the hemlines of the underskirts. the one on the ad seem quite worn and nothing like there had ever been an additional part as there is with the elizabeth R skirt. so there probably really are two dresses made after the same painting. great find!

  4. I don’t want to nit-pick at your excellent site, but I don’t think the dress in the LKXA advert is the same as the original one from Elizabeth R.

    This is the auction page for the Elizabeth R dress:

    http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=4309025&iSaleNo=16808&iSaleSectionNo=1

    The site allows you to look at close ups of the dress, and it would seem that the gold star motifs on the under-skirt have brown centres and are smaller (they don’t reach the edges of the octagon shapes that surround them) than on the LKXA ad. Although photoshop is a marvelous thing, I’m not sure anyone would go to the trouble of altering all those individual motifs!

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Costume Commentary

  1. The LKXA advert reproduction of the armada portrait gown seems to have been reused for a BBC documentary. It’s worn by Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I in “the Armada – 12 days to save England”

  2. Also, I think the LKXA dressis used in Doctor Who (Series 3, ep.2 The Shakespeare Code) on Queen Elizabeth. I think this because in this, rather grainy, photo the embroidered detail on the dress (octogon stars)is the same (the bodice looks the same too) with a black and white coat over the top. Which probably means that given that the ruff is the same, that they simply reused the dress with a extra coat

  3. i think you may be right. on closer examination, there are more differences. for example the bows on the elizabeth R dress are blue und pink, the ones for the ad are brown and salmon. the black fabric for the first dress seems structured, perhaps plaid or something, whereas the fabric on the ad-dress seems to be straight black velvet. than there is the reddish lining of the sleeves on the latter dress and the attachment of pearls on their seams, which seem to be enclosed by lines of other ornaments. plus the bodice seems to have four vertical stripes where the E-R dress hasn’t, but this one has different, limp pink bow attached to it’s peak. and finally: observe the hemlines of the underskirts. the one on the ad seem quite worn and nothing like there had ever been an additional part as there is with the elizabeth R skirt. so there probably really are two dresses made after the same painting. great find!

  4. I don’t want to nit-pick at your excellent site, but I don’t think the dress in the LKXA advert is the same as the original one from Elizabeth R.

    This is the auction page for the Elizabeth R dress:

    http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=4309025&iSaleNo=16808&iSaleSectionNo=1

    The site allows you to look at close ups of the dress, and it would seem that the gold star motifs on the under-skirt have brown centres and are smaller (they don’t reach the edges of the octagon shapes that surround them) than on the LKXA ad. Although photoshop is a marvelous thing, I’m not sure anyone would go to the trouble of altering all those individual motifs!

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  1. The LKXA advert reproduction of the armada portrait gown seems to have been reused for a BBC documentary. It’s worn by Anita Dobson as Queen Elizabeth I in “the Armada – 12 days to save England”

  2. Also, I think the LKXA dressis used in Doctor Who (Series 3, ep.2 The Shakespeare Code) on Queen Elizabeth. I think this because in this, rather grainy, photo the embroidered detail on the dress (octogon stars)is the same (the bodice looks the same too) with a black and white coat over the top. Which probably means that given that the ruff is the same, that they simply reused the dress with a extra coat

  3. i think you may be right. on closer examination, there are more differences. for example the bows on the elizabeth R dress are blue und pink, the ones for the ad are brown and salmon. the black fabric for the first dress seems structured, perhaps plaid or something, whereas the fabric on the ad-dress seems to be straight black velvet. than there is the reddish lining of the sleeves on the latter dress and the attachment of pearls on their seams, which seem to be enclosed by lines of other ornaments. plus the bodice seems to have four vertical stripes where the E-R dress hasn’t, but this one has different, limp pink bow attached to it’s peak. and finally: observe the hemlines of the underskirts. the one on the ad seem quite worn and nothing like there had ever been an additional part as there is with the elizabeth R skirt. so there probably really are two dresses made after the same painting. great find!

  4. I don’t want to nit-pick at your excellent site, but I don’t think the dress in the LKXA advert is the same as the original one from Elizabeth R.

    This is the auction page for the Elizabeth R dress:

    http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=4309025&iSaleNo=16808&iSaleSectionNo=1

    The site allows you to look at close ups of the dress, and it would seem that the gold star motifs on the under-skirt have brown centres and are smaller (they don’t reach the edges of the octagon shapes that surround them) than on the LKXA ad. Although photoshop is a marvelous thing, I’m not sure anyone would go to the trouble of altering all those individual motifs!

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