The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Rifling through the Royal Wardrobe

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 – Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM


Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator of European art

This lecture explores the many ways British royals have been—and continue to be—at the epicenter of new styles in fashion.

The use of clothing and jewelry as symbols of British royal power, authority, and wealth certainly predates the emergence of the painted portrait. However, it is portraiture that offers clear visual evidence of the ways elaborate clothing could represent royal power.

As seen in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warholportraits of the Tudor era (1485–1603) depict their royal subjects’ clothing in minute detail, ensuring that the viewer is well aware of the expensive fabrics, metals, and precious jewels on display. Clothing, particularly significant at this time because of the sumptuary laws that dictated which colors and fabrics people could wear based on social status, was also highly symbolic. For example, Elizabeth I adopted black and white as her colors, an association with constancy and purity highly appropriate for the Virgin Queen.

• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult Nonmembers
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  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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