Friday saw the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Late Shift Extra’, a huge event for the gallery which occurs once every four months.
This time the Tudor’s had a chance to showcase their era with “The Elizabethans Undressed”, to coincide with the current exhibition “Elizabeth I and Her People”
– Authentic Elizabethan music performances (Thanks to Mediva)
– Arts and Crafts Activities (Calligraphy, make your own ruffle, drawing models in Tudor dress)
– Dressing by costume designer Jenny Tiramani and Elizabethan Catwalk
– Talks by curator Taryna Cooper, including Elizabethan Artists, interiors, rebellion and espionage
– A rather raunchy performance of John Donne’s poem “Elegy 19 To his Mistress Going to Bed”, (with a mini-lecture on the origins of Tudor aristocratic dress)
This was a completely new take on the gallery scene for me – the portraits were surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere of music, dance, drinks and quirky activities. The NPG is all about people – and by combining our society with Elizabethan tradition we are able to view how similar we actually are.
Three minute sketches of a model wearing an exact replica of a Tudor Romeo costume. The Workshop was held by Dennis Northdruft, Curator at the Fashion and Textile Muesum.
My initials in Elizabethan Calligraphy, courtesy of Eva Driskell, scribe! (the ‘x’ stands for Xuan, which is Vietnamese for spring, incase anyone was wondering)
30 Second sketches of my model before he was dressed
My friend and I were interviewed about our experience. I will post the video soon when it’s up!
For more: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/elizabethi/exhibition.php