A Stitch in Time

Charles II

Series 1 - Episode 1 Charles II

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Review

It’s hard to tear your eyes away from fashion historian Amber Butchart because she has such a mesmerising wardrobe of unusual outfits and a distinctive look. But perhaps that’s apt as she’s exploring how fashion has reflected and influenced society, 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.

Summary

Fusing biography, art and the history of fashion, Amber Butchart explores the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore, starting with Charles II.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Amber Butchart
Executive Producer Caroline Wright
Series Producer Lucy Kenwright
Education