About this learning resource
This article gives a short history of the formal mantua, a type of court dress popular in the 18th Century. Includes images.
National Curriculum Links
Supports Art, Craft and Design and Textile Design specifications for OCR, AQA and Edexcel.
- Understand the development of the mantua throughout the 18th Century.
- KS5 (age 16+)
- Art & Design
- For the classroom
- Kensington Palace
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