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Joan Bergin, the Tudors Costume Designer was asked "How did you go about dressing Henry’s sixth bride?"
"Well, the clothes were so magnificent and gilded I was kind of begging that they prolong the wedding scene because you can’t make quick wedding clothes, you put all that work into them and she had a magnificent gold coat and a train, and that was it, it was not seen again. Even the front of the dress had a hundred year old Japanese Obie belt cut into panels, but they did get a great shot of the back and they zoomed in on the front, so it was short but detailed."
| Catherine's wedding to Henry VIII |
The wedding "coat" was never seen again,
but the dress had sleeves added and eventually
a cloak was worn over the dress (S4E10); seen below.
| Comments/ Reviews|
That kind of style is too modern and I don't particularly like it for a wedding dress, let alone the Tudor period.
It is rather plain despire the beautiful bodice. I agree that it should have been a complete dress rather than layered. This just doesn't look like a wedding to me, and the colour is boring. I can't believe they included greens and dark browns inot it. I adore her necklace but really hare the crown.
I really do not like this outfit. It is just really bland. I think they should have used brighter or richer colours, particularly yellow. I also think that the jewellery is very gaudy and doesn't really go. I also dislike the jacket, i think they should have given the dress sleeves rather than made it strappy with a jacket over it.
I really like this dress and the jacket worn over it. I do not like the crown. It looks super gaudy and fake.
I really dislike this outfit and the crown is horrible. At least the necklace is pretty, I love the green of the jewels!
MademoiselleBoleynI'm sorry, I really don't like this dress. They cut up a beautiful Obi to make the front of this dress. What a shame. Of all of Henry's wives, Catherine had the most flattering taste in clothing and just look. Yuck. RAF
I don't think should pads were invented in those times. Wresltgal
I actually like this ensemble. I know everyone else hates it, but maybe it's the coloring on her? The crown and jewels looked better on Anne of Cleves with her ensemble.
Catherine Parr! Why did you steal Anne of Cleves's ugly crown? Aww, it's okay. I want to steal it too. Steal it and smash it into a thousand pieces so it won't ruin any other costume ensemble.
I don't like the colour of the dress, it makes her sickly and that hideous crown has to go! Maybe the costume people knew that noone else would want the ugly thing so decided to get their money's worth by assulting our eyes with it on another main character! Lady History.
I love the crown, I liked it on Anne and I like it on Katherine. The dress could be better, I wonder if she is making some kind of subtle statement that she really does not want to be here. I would never get married in yellow, but they had to put her in something that was a bold statement of "not a virgin" without putting her in red. The skirt from the front looks very unattractive, but from the side it is tolerabl, though it should have been wider. -Anne'sCurls
I agree with everything latristessaduera said! Yes, it probably was photoshopped in the promotional, but the colours are simply gorgeous together on the actual dress and it's relatively accurate for the period. Alter the sleeves to the bell sleeves, then it would be a perfect Tudor gown.
I hate it it in the promotional, but i think it was photoshopped. However, the lilac bodice and gold skirt and sleeves are beautiful together. I love how considerably plain it is yet how beautiful it looks. Very elegant.
I find this dress to be very queenly.
I like this dress, it kinda reminds me of a dress that Jane Seymour wore in Season 2.
My Favorite dress so far -ManyNSammyNwokolo This dress makes her figure look more younger Wresltgal LOVE THIS!!
The dress, jewelry, tiara, it's perfect. MY FAVORITE tiara.
Am I crazy, because the thing I love the most about this dress are the sleeves that flow around her hands. When she sat down when she first met the king, I got a good shot of the sleeves and I drooled. Dang the silliest things make me happy. I don't like the shoulders, but everything else is very nice. This is another dress that combines colors that you would think wouldnt go well together. And sometimes it appears as if the colors change depending on the light. -Anne'sCurls
| Henry VIII recognizes Catherine || It is a beautiful dress, i love the shimmering metallic element of ot. But she is too old to pull it off, she looks like mutton dressed as lamb. A more subdued fabric would have looked better. I do love the lace detail around the collar.|
Beautiful! The sinning material is very nice. Though, I am not sure if Catherine would have worn a gown like this. Especially how it is situated on the shoulders.
This dress just makes her look older than she is. Wresltgal
I don't like the trim on the neckline. It looks like moss is growing on her.
Well she is supposed to be "old" - at least look matronly; it suits her. She's not the flashy Queen as her predecessors were. She has been married twice now and she isn't one to attract attention. Very modest. If you look at the full dress, you might like it better.
I think this is a very nice and elegant dress. It is sexy while at the same time showing more class than Anne and Catherine Howard. Looking at her in this dress I could definitely see why a man would be attracted to her. The tiara or diadem (whatever) is very beautiful and elegant; probably hte best I have seen all season and she isn't even queen yet. -Anne'sCurls
| || A beautiful vibrant coloir, this type of blue suits blondes very well andwould have looked beautiful on Annabelle Wallis too.|
I like the crown, beautiful colors
Blue is her signature color
I love the blue. It suits her very well.
I agree - Blue does suit her. The jewels she wears matches perfectly, and her hair is wonderful!It is quite refreshing after seeing Katherine Howard's girlish hair out all the time.
Blue looks stunning on her, it is certainly one of her best dresses.
Marina de Champagne
| || I think if they turned the dress around so the print on the back was at the front and vice versa, it would have looked better. It is a plain colour and print but very pretty.|
Kind of plain for her but still pretty. Wresltgal
Simple, but very pretty and it fits well. I like it!
Again -- where are we getting the notion that Catherine Parr was supposed to be flashy?! Because her predecessors were? She was quite a deal older then them when she marries Henry and had already been married twice. She is a modest and mature woman now. It suits her!
The back is very nice and the texture and patterns work nicely. For the king to have given her this it is not as nice or elegant as the previous dresses which she herself chose. I actually like the deisn that was done on her shoulders, it is similar to the puffy shoulders that previous wives have had but done in a simple more elegant fashion.-Anne'sCurls
| || The colours are fabulous and the sleeves are great. It's also nice to see that there's a shift so you can't see her arms, which is more accurate for the time. I can see Catherine, or any Tudor lady wearing this.|
The colours are amazing but the fabric looks a bit cheap. I adore the bodice and the two sets of sleeves and how the outer sleeves tie around the ones under. A lovely combination of rich colours.
The sleeves aren't to puffy so I guess it's okay. Wresltgal
I love this dress and the tiara - the coloring is beautiful. I love that color green! My room is painted that color with white trim. The jewellery is wonderful as well! Love it!
I LOVE everything about this whole outfit. The colours are amazing and I really like the way the material in the arm slits match the material on the bodice. The jewelery goes well. Lovely. Lady History.
I really love the top portion of this gown, and I like to see the reappearance of the cut sleeves. This dress is fun and flirty without be overly sexual like Anne or Catherine would wear. This scene was also one of the most fun to watch and it seemed like everyone involved was having the time of their life. The headdress is beautiful but subtle, she isn't trying to be something she isnt
| || The only problem I have with this is the material. It's just horrible. It looks very flattering on her though and does well for her figure. I can see Catherine wearing this if it weren't for the fabric.|
The colour really suits her and is pretty but the leather material is vile. It's very figure flattering however, and i love the underskirt.
The back of the gown looks like material for a car seat, but the front is okay. wresltgal
Not a fan of the material. It looks like lizard skin.
Wow, as an ensemble I like it, but the fabric does look weird. Like a steering wheel in a car.
| It looks lovely to wear but doesn't do much for the eye. The sleeves are too big for her, the pattern is horrible, as are the fastenings. I do like the slight ruffled collar.|
Absolutely gorgeous and it suits her!
Wasn't really feeling this...whatever it is. I just don't like the cut or stype of it. Plus in the promo pic it looks like she has nothing on under it. -Anne'sCurls
The only thing I do not like about this outfit, is the tiara worn in the promotional shot.
| || I hate the hat that veil accompanies, though the veil itself is lovely, i love the dark lace at the bottom. I agree that considering she's meant to be in mourning, it's quite revealling and low cut.|
A mourning gown for a previous husband? Or Henry?
That's what I was wondering.. I posted a discussion at the bottom.
The viel should be longer, more in the style of what Bessie Blount wore when her son died. And should ber bodice be so low cut and showing so much cleavage?- Anne'sCurls
|Love the hat! I so want it! and the matching sach/shawl. |
This outfit to me reflects her look from her "official" portrait in the NPG. At least the hat and necklace. Natalie Dormer (Anne Boleyn) also wore this dress.
|The dress is the same as the one above, just without the jacket here.||My favourite tiara of her's. Lady-Demiya|
| This dress is the same one used in the opening credits and promo picture only the bodice is different. || Pretty but boring. The two colours compliment each other well and look pretty against her. It really fits her quite well too. I think the necklace makes this outfit.|
This one looks just like the one up above only the designs on the bodice have been removed. Again I love the sleeves and the use of color. The necklace is also very nice in how simple it is. - Anne'sCurls
Another gown I find queenly. It is similar to the other gown above, but I can see the different colour texture. I think the designers could have changed it a bit better to make it more on its own.
This is a beautiful dress. The scene where she is sitting on the throne next to Henry -- she TRULY looks regal! -- goldenaged.er
| || It is a pretty colour and i love the print, its an extremely feminine dress, but i think it would have looked better on someone younger. It's more of a girl's dress than a woman's. This would have looked amazing on Sarah Bolger.|
My favorite Catherine Parr gown. I love purple! Also, it suits her nicely and the necklace is simple, yet adds so much.
The purple is gorgeous! The neckline is very Tudor. The understated necklace is a good choice. Lady History.
Lovely dress...I can imagine that this on someone with dark hair and creamy skin would look stunning. It still looks lovely on Joely though.
I didn't like this dress on Anne of Cleves -- thought it was disgusting and looked like Bella Swan's bed spread(Twilight), but I have to admit this looks amazing on her!
I have seen this on the wife of Francis Walsingham in his death scene in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
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The floral pattern is pretty but the orange flower ruins it, and the fact that it continues throughout the dress makes it loke hideous She looks like she's wearing a quilt.
Pretty sure this is the gown from above. Still have the same opinion - I hate the tiara!
Disgraceful! Horrible hairstyle. UGLY necklace. Weird piping at the top of the sleeves. The only thing that saves this from being a total disaster is the tiara. Lady History.
Such a pretty dress and the orange reminiscent of that piece of cloth from the real Catherine's dress which is at Sudeley castle. The floral print is very elizabethan and I love it. ~ MsSquirrly
This is a matronly gown and in the show when she moves around she looks extremely regal! I suppose in pictures it does look hideous!
| || This is a lovely dress. The dark brown looks lovely on Joley and is very mature but not dowdy. I really like the slight floral pattern on the bodice. The sleeves are lovely too.|
I really like this dress. Though it is only one color, the shape and style is quite lovely. I also think the color choice was appropriate for the scene. When she was wearing this dress, she was meeting with the Reforming Hugh Latimer am I correct. Protestant women, more frequently in France, Switzerland, and Germany, wore dark colors. In short, this dress might be indicating her reforming tendencies. booklvr44
It is a nice dress, though I do not like the sleeves. They just seem to... sag a bit too much, if you catch my drift,
Yet another dress taken from BBC's The Virgin Queen... GOLDENAGED.ER
| || I love the bodice. So much detail, very beautiful. Blue seems to be her color - this and the other light blue dress below are my favorites.|
Beautiful use of colors. And the necklace goes so well with the bodice. Katherine Parr has been wearing the best blue gowns out of all the wives.- AC
Another lovely blue gown of Catherine's. AS I said before, blue definitely suits her.
| I actually thought this was quite a beautiful dress when I saw it on Jane, but that was just because we saw the top part. The bodice is beautiful but now that I've seen the skirt, it looks so unflattering. I hate that metallic fabric and it wouldn't have been used at the time.|
I didn't like it on Jane Seymour, and I don't like it now. It just looks so incredibly TACKY.
This is Jane's dress? I would never have guessed. It was beautiful on Jane as well as Katherine. Now that I see the skirt I don't find it very flattering, but the top is nice. I also like the way Katherine is wearing her hair, it is like a combination of young and respectful. Quite different from Catherine Howard's immature girly hairstyles. -Anne'sCurls
I preferred this gown on Jane Seymour.
I do not like the layered skirt at all! The bodice is nice though.
The skirt on this gown resembles the skirts on Elizabethan gowns worn with a French farthingale. Obviously this gown is supposed to be worn over one. You can see examples of it here.
Love the necklace. It is probably preferred on Jane Seymour by some because she wasn't standing, she was sitting so you didn't see the full gown until now. Also this dress was actually from the BBC 4 part series The Virgin Queen where Anne Marie Duff wore the gown as Elizabeth I, so yes it would be Elizabethan befitting of the time.
| ||Love, love, love the blue and the material pattern. It reminds me of flowing water. Her hair has been done up nicely too. Another queenly outfit!|
This is another favorite of mine. The blue is amazing and the detail up close is just beautiful!
| LMAO! From the back it looks like she is wearing a metallic belt. And the design under the belt at the top of the skirt is not flattering. I also dont like the puffy shoulders. But this is another case of Katherine wearing a beautiful shade of blue.-Anne'sCurls|
Everything about this gown is good. The only think that should be removed is that belt! It is far too loose and does not match anything else she is wearing. It does not even match her necklace. I also do not like how it is poofed at the back.
If you look closely -- it does match the dress; just in the pictures before you could not see the detail. From far away, yes, it gives off a metallic look. I like the dress except for the belt and the poof in the back.
| Seriously, what's with the metallic fabric?! I don't understand why practically half her dresses are made out of this kind of fabric.|
This is now my new favorite gown of hers. I think everything works nicely in this ensemble. It looks like the necklace matches the make of her tiara/crown. Again this is another good use of gold and silver combined this time with gold being the dominant color. I love the pattern on the front of her bodice and the material the gown is made out of. She reminds me of Jane Seymour and Anne Boleyn combined. The one down side is the puffed shoulders, but that is easy to overlook because the other 95% of her attire is beautiful. This is possibly an acwuired taste sort of gown and some people might be turned off by it, but I love it. Definitely one of my top 3 favs of Katherine Parr's.-Anne'sCurls
Stunning! Both her and Mary stole the show in this scene. The matching crown and necklace suits the gown wonderfully. I praise whoever put this outfit together!
She looks so regal! I love the whole ensemble including the tiara and necklace. Beautiful!
The above pictures are from a deleted scene with Lady Elizabeth
|This was Catherine's favorite color (in real life), that dark red and crimson color. She looks beautiful and she did have a tiara with rubies, etc... but she was a diamond girl. Deleted scene.|
|This would be her wedding dress, at least the front part that was used for the scene, without a coat. The fabric was used again to create this dress. |
with a dark green cloak
|Very plain, yet simple. The smooth pale green and creamy colours do suit her. At least they can dress her decently. |
I want that cloak!
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|I'mTheCheesecakeHere||Is it just me, or...||0||Dec 12 2010, 4:56 AM EST by I'mTheCheesecakeHere|
|thetudors||catherine parr dresses!||0||Aug 29 2010, 11:03 AM EDT by thetudors|
Thread started: Aug 29 2010, 11:03 AM EDT Watch
What were your top 5 best dresses of Catherine Parr in season 4. Mine were:
1. the gold and silver dress she were's in court with Mary and Elizabeth
2. the blue dress she were's when she last see's Henry
3. the blue dress she were's in the promo shot and while dancing 4. the dark brown dress
5. the blue dress with the colourful bodice and skirt
How about you
|GoldenAged.ER||Mourning Oufit for Whom?||3||May 10 2010, 12:07 AM EDT by MsSquirrly|
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For the question of who is the black mourning costume for -- That's what I was wondering... It wouldn't make any sense for her to mourn her previous husband unless they are doing a prelude to kind of bring her in.. because you then see her at court wearing black/gray (outfit 3) when Henry notices her. Her husband died the same year she married Henry(1543). We shall find out.
Perhaps she is in mourning for her 2nd husband when she meets Henry in the show, because the marriage of Catherine and Henry does take place a few months after John Neville dies.
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