Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore.
Season 01, Episode 01 – “Charles II”
Starting with the restoration king – Charles II. He is credited with creating the three-piece suit, a look he championed to teach the nobility thrift.Butchart fills in the historical background but what’s fascinating is seeing Ninya Mikhaila and her team of tailors re-create the clothes, using only traditional methods. One of Charles’s outfits looks relatively simple but involves an extraordinary amount of fiddly hand stitching – his jacket boasted more than 100 buttonholes, complicated pleating and yards of decoratively looped silk ribbons. But it really comes to life when Butchart tries it on.