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Anne Boleyn as a Lady-in-Waiting by LadyAquanine73551 Anne Boleyn as a Lady-in-Waiting by LadyAquanine73551
This was one of the more difficult dresses I've made for Anne. I didn't even attempt it until recently b/c it was so complicated & such an unusual color. From what little I could see in the wiki photos, the dress is silvery-blue, while the sleeves are black with silver & gold stripes. However, a lot of fans love this dress, & I just couldn't leave it out of the collection. I ended up with a compromise regarding the color. I couldn't get silvery blue, so I made it a soft blue w/ gray woven in. The medallions on her bodice were also difficult b/c there aren't any silver medallions in the game, only gold or pearls.

The doll has gotten 1 Crown for Pretty and 3 for Accurate (though probably towards the costume, not history), & 1 for Intricate.

It is a pretty dress, and I've even seen it converted into a modded outfit for Sims on Sims 2 to wear. The sleeves are especially striking, and the silvery blue compliments the Queen's much darker wardrobe.

However, I found two things strange about the costume on the Tudors show:
1.) Anne Boleyn was shown working in the honored position of one of Queen Catherine's ladies-in-waiting, (something she did in real life too) and this job included attending to the Queen's personal needs. As expected with any job, the ladies wore "uniforms" that the Queen probably designed herself to suit her position and color preference. So it makes very little sense that Anne's "uniform" is much prettier and more decorated than the rest of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting. Everyone knows she eventually became important in the King & Queen's lives, but that's no reason to really make her stand out like a favored servant. The Queen treated her no differently than her other ladies-in-waiting while Anne was in her service.

2.) I did read that the show actually condensed the time-span of Henry VIII's reign, and changed some of the characters' ages and life experiences to suit the course of the main storyline, as well as appeal to viewers w/ shorter attention-spans than your average history-nut (of which I'm one ;) ) In that context, they made it look like Anne rose to the privileged position of waiting on the Queen & washing her feet at night, in the span of a few months, when in fact, she was in the Queen's service for a few YEARS before she could even come CLOSE to that honor. (This is also true of how long it took Henry to notice Anne in real life, as opposed to what the show romantically implied).
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CelticIrishgirl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh wow! I LOVE how you did her dress!
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Thank you very much :)
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CelticIrishgirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
^^
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doryfan1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
The show was amazing with the costumes. its hard to pick a favorite costume cuz they were all amazing and beautiful.
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msbrit90 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this series had some amazing gowns and you definitely capture their beauty in doll form
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you :D
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raiderguard26 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love Anne Boleyn. Have you read "The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn" by Alison Weir? If not, you should.
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
She was an amazing lady, I'll agree w/ that :) I haven't read that, but I have read "Doomed Queen Anne," by Catherine Meyer, "Catherine in the Court of Six Queens," and "Elizabeth: Red Rose of the House of Tudor" a Royal Diary. I've been wanting to read more about Anne, so thanks for the suggestion :)
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raiderguard26 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! If you like Elizabeth I, you'll like "The Lady Elizabeth" by Alison Weir. It's account from her time as a young child all the way to when she is pronounced queen. All of Alison Weir's novels are great. I think she has one about Lady Jane Grey, too, called "Innocent Traitor."
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LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
My mom is who originally inspired me to read about Elizabeth & Anne. Both were amazing women, (though Elizabeth had a longer, fuller life with less head-trauma, lol).
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