Costume as a Visual Art

There were outfits of cloth of gold, Florentine velvet, silver tissue, damask and satin, mantles lined with ermine, heavy gold collars with diamonds the size of walnuts suspended from them, ceremonial robes with trains four yards long, and jeweled rings worn on fingers and thumbs. Some clothes were cut in “Hungarian” or “Turkish” fashion, and many had raised embroidery in gold or silver thread. It was an age in which men strutted like peacocks in their finery, although none was finer than the King, who looked upon costume as a visual art.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Alison Weir