The Costumes from ‘Isabel’


A few weeks ago, when I went back home for Easter, I was lucky enough to spend a few days with my parents revisiting Granada. We got to see La Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Monarchs are buried (along with their daughter Juana, their son-in-law Felipe and their grandson, Miguel de la Paz), the Monastery of La Cartuja (founded by Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba) and many other places.

But the thing that matters for this blog is this exhibition I went to at the Monastery of San Jerónimo. In it, there was a display of several costumes and props from the show Isabel, and it was a delight. Seeing these costumes up close, there were moments where I forgot they had been made for a TV show, and not rescued from some long-forgotten chest containing actual remains of 15th century court clothes. It was spectacular.


I have attached the photos I took below (along with a few others from my trip) and I hope you will enjoy it. It is worth mentioning that I was surprised by Isabel’s coronation gown: in the show, it looked like it was white, but it was actually more of a beige colour (I guess pure white in a TV show, with all the lights, would be impossible). Enjoy!


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6 thoughts on “The Costumes from ‘Isabel’

  1. Gina

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing! I have a question: have you already seen La Corona Partida? I don’t live in Spain and that is why I couldn’t see it, I am curious about your opinion and review. And since you mentioned there was a gown of Isabel, as depicted in one of her paintings (I know which one, blonde with crown on her head), I have read that some Portuguese art historian re-identified some other painting as Isabella, probably a copy painted after an original. This portrait was commonly known as Mary Rose Tudor, Queen of France, sister of Henry VIII, sister-in-law to Katherine of Aragon.

  2. Gina

    You are welcome, Virginia. 😉 The evidence is pretty strong and the conclusions interesting. Coming back to LCP – I have seen only clips that are available on rtve’s page, including Fernando and Germana’s first meeting. I am curious how they did this relationship on the screen – from what I have heard, they didn’t show everything, and Germana didn’t have a lot of scenes, so certainly we won’t see Fernando’s dying and taking ‘love potions’, lol. But I know Michelle Jenner is there and I am curious in what function… Isabel’s ghost, haunting Fernando? LOL.

  3. Heather

    I missed the monastery when I visited Granada. It was my favorite city in Spain even though I had to stay an extra day because of a general strike that affected my transportation. Stayed in the best and cheapest hotel there. They must have still been filming Isabel as I don’t remember hearing about it.

    Thanks for the pictures- miss the city already. Beautiful costumes and the hats. I never really think about all the work that goes into making them.

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