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Tudors costume collection on show for Mary Rose appeal
Tudors costumes
Over 500 costumes were made for the series

Costumes from the historical drama series, The Tudors, are being showcased in the UK for the first time.

The eight ostentatious outfits include "king of bling", Henry VIII's orange and bronze war costume.

The outfits go on display in Portsmouth, home to the king's warship, Mary Rose, to help raise funds for a new £36m purpose-built museum.

The costumes have been loaned by creator and writer of The Tudors, Michael Hirst.

Painstaking process

Emmy award-winning costume designer Joan Bergin is the creator of the elaborate collection.

The Irish designer described her designs for The Tudors as "authentic with a twist", using Balenciaga corsets and the Degas ballerinas as inspiration.

In pictures: The Tudors costumes in Portsmouth

Tudors wardrobe
Designer, Joan Bergin has won an Emmy for The Tudors wardrobe

Over 500 costumes were made for the 16th Century historical drama which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII and Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves.

With intricate detailing, creating the high-quality costumes was a painstaking process. Anne of Cleves's wedding dress took 90 hours to make.

The costumes featured in a design exhibition in Los Angeles last year. This will be the first time they have been showcased in the UK.

Henry VIII's flagship sank in 1545 off Portsmouth harbour and was raised in 1982. A bespoke museum is being built to house the 500 year-old ship.

The costumes will go on display in the current Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard from Saturday 29 January until Thursday 31 March.

Series 4 of The Tudors begins on Saturday 22 January, 21:45 on BBC Two.

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