This course held in October 2008 was organised by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. It focused on dress in the seventeenth century, how we can find out about dress from paintings, literature and textiles and its significance for social history. Clare Backhouse was the lively and knowledgeable tutor who provided numerous images and a wealth of information. The participants on the course were very well informed, which made for interesting discussions. The class was oversubscribed and left us all wanting more so we hope Oxford University will run more classes on the history of dress. The image is of Elizabeth Vernon.