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New display!

Royal Gloves – From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II

30 July 2019

We are thrilled to announce a number of Royal gloves associated with Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, Victoria and Elizabeth II are now on display at the Fashion Museum as part of Glove Stories .

Five of the gloves have recently returned to the Fashion Museum after travelling all the way to Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia, for display in their exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

We are delighted to now have them on display at the Fashion Museum after their return, alongside a newly acquired pair of leather gloves associated with King James I. It is the first time these gloves are known to have been displayed alongside each other.

From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, this new display gives visitors a glimpse at gloves from 400 years of royal history.

With thanks to Dents Museum Collection and The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London for their generous loans.

Cream glove; with embroidery in couched silver and silver coiled metal thread in globe and stylized plant design, with silver metal thread fringe. One of a pair of gloves worn by Queen Elizabeth I at her coronation as queen regnant of England and Ireland at Westminster Abbey on 15 January 1559. Image: Dents Museum Collection

Buff-coloured leather gloves; with embroidery in gold metal thread and insets of red silk satin in floral design, edged in gold metal thread lace, ca.1610s. Associated with King James I. Image:The Glove Collection of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London

Buff-coloured leather tabbed gauntlet gloves; with embroidery on cream canvas in coloured silk threads in satin stitch, and couched gold-coloured metal threads in floral design, edged in gold metal thread lace with spangles and ruched pink ribbon, ca.1630s. Associated with King Charles I. Image: Dents Museum Collection

Brown cotton gloves with elasticated wrist and pinked edges, ca.1850s. Black cotton net fingerless mittens with repeating thistle pattern, ca.1850s. Worn by Queen Victoria. Image: The Glove Collection of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London

White kid leather glove with embroidery in gold metal and red, white, and blue silk threads in rose, shamrock, thistle, acorns design and E II R Coat of Arms on back, made by Dents of Worcester. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Image: The Glove Collection of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London

Glove Stories showcases the breadth and depth of The Glove Collection of The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, currently on loan to the Fashion Museum. On display from 2 March 2019 to 1 March 2020.