For 320 years Ede and Ravenscroft has upheld its reputation as tailors of distinction. Meticulous craftsmanship has rewarded the company with commissions from Royalty to the judiciary.
Ede and Ravenscroft enjoys the privilege of being the tailors and robe makers of choice for twelve coronations. They provide ceremonial robes for all occasions, dress the judiciary (including providing handmade wigs) and ensure that graduates from all over the world look their best at graduation ceremonies.
The company has the very rare distinction being holders of three Royal Warrants, currently appointed as robe makers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Ede and Ravenscroft is thought to be the oldest firm of tailors in the world. In 1689, the area of London now known as Aldwych, was the bustling centre of the tailoring trade.
In that year a respected tailoring family, the Shudalls, started a business that was to become Ede and Ravenscroft. The quality of their work won them the honour of creating the robes for the coronation of their Majesties William and Mary. They soon became a recognised supplier for the royal family, going on to produce a large number or ceremonial robes for the coronation of His Majesty King George III.
Before long in addition to individual customers, Ede and Ravenscroft provided tailoring and robes to the church, state, legal profession and academia. In the 19th century, following the marriage of Joseph Ede to a member of the successful Ravenscroft wig making family, wig making was added to the firm’s services.
On 2nd June 1953 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth walked towards her throne, dressed in a robe that was as unique as the coronation ceremony itself.
Her Majesty’s robe followed the strict design guidelines of previous coronations:
“ A six yard train in best quality handmade purple silk velvet, trimmed with best quality Canadian ermine 5″ on top and underside and fully lined with pure silk English Satin, complete with ermine cape and all being tailed ermine in the traditional manner, and including embroidery by the Royal School of Needlework.”
His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh also had robes made for the coronation. Ede and Ravenscroft’s ledger entry for 21st August, 1952 reads:
“A Royal Duke’s Coronation Robe in the best handmade silk velvet trimmed with finest Canadian ermine. Coronet in metal gilt with airtight case with name inscribed. A page’s uniform complete.”
Ede and Ravenscroft worked closely with the Earl Marshal’s office to ensure that the peers and knights of the orders of chivalry were also correctly dressed.
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