Clothing the Lost King: reconstructing the wardrobe of Richard III

Historical garment reconstruction, sleeve detail

Reconstructed sleeve detail

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Ninya Mikhaila will share the research and making process behind the clothing made for the forthcoming film The Lost King. The film (directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope) tells the story of the discovery of the long-lost remains of King Richard III and is remarkable in terms of the attention to historical accuracy given to the clothing and armour, something not seen in cinemas since Olivier’s Henry V in 1944. Ninya will also look at how Richard’s tailor may have dealt with the king’s scoliosis, and how evident his condition would have been to his contemporaries before his death.

Ninya Mikhaila established her business making reconstructions of historic costumes for museums and heritage sites in 1994 after gaining a Higher National Diploma in Costume Interpretation at the London College of Fashion. Her clients include Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Armouries, The National Trust, English Heritage, The National Archives and Gainsborough’s House. Ninya featured in the six-part BBC television series A Stitch in Time, which demonstrated what reconstructing historical clothing can tell us about people in the past. Ninya is one half of The Tudor Tailor, a company specialising in reconstructing, and publishing material on 16th century dress.