A Stitch in Time

A Stitch In Time brings together the worlds of history, art and fashion. Presented by fashion historian, Amber Butchart, and featuring a raft of talented historical clothiers, this living history series not only offers a fascinating glimpse into the wardrobes of history's most prominent figures, but also the wider societies and cultures in which they lived.


Air Date: January 01, 2022 - 29:06
An exploration of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun's 1783 portrait of Marie -Antoinette - considered so scandalous that the artist later decided to reproduce the pose featuring a more conventional mode of dress.
Air Date: January 01, 2022 - 29:07
Over 600 years ago the eldest son of King Edward III - the so called 'Black Prince' - decreed that his heraldic surcoat was to be displayed in Canterbury Cathedral. Amber sets out to discover more about this often ruthless prince.
Air Date: January 01, 2022 - 29:07
Historian Amber Butchart studies the clothing in the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle - daughter of a British naval captain and an enslaved African woman. But what does the portrait reveal about this mysterious figure?
Air Date: January 01, 2022 - 29:10
Amber Butchart's journey of discovery begins at Broughton Castle, where a full-size portrait of an 18th century hedge cutter has belonged to the Fiennes family for generations. It is a rare example of a worker being immortalised on canvas.
Air Date: January 01, 2022 - 29:05
Historian Amber Butchart travels across England to explore the historical significance of the clothing in Van Eyck's enigmatic Arnolfini portrait.
Air Date: January 01, 2022 - 29:08
Historian Amber Butchart explores the palace of Versailles locations in England to understand the complex character of Charles II who is credited with creating our modern day three piece suit.