Nell Gwyn gained fame and notoriety as an actress on the Restoration stage and a royal mistress. This talk explores her relationship with clothing and material goods including household furnishings and her use of her carriage and sedan chair and how she used them to create a space for herself in London society. Her clothing, as royal servant, actress and mistress, mark her rise from humble origins to a rival to the king's other mistresses.
Maria Hayward is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton, and she has a particular interest in early modern textiles and clothing, especially in the context of the Tudor and Stuart courts. Her recent research focuses on the clothing of Charles II, and she has completed the prize-winning Stuart Style: Monarchy, Dress and the Scottish Male Elite, which drew on archival sources in England and Scotland. Currently, she is writing a book on Catherine of Braganza as part of her interest in early modern queenship.