House Style – An exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth House curated by Vogue editor Hamish Bowles includes vintage couture pieces by Jean Phillippe Worth and Christian Dior as well as contemporary designs by Gucci, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.
As well as the usual splendours of the house, fashion fans can adore the lavish items of clothing owned by the Cavendish/Devonshire family – including the ‘the first lady of fashion’ Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire, that have been hiding and collecting dust in the attic for centuries being brought back to life.
Mannequins sprawled throughout the house add an air of drama and magic. My particular favourite exhibits were ‘Entertaining at Chatsworth’ and the ghostly collection of wedding dresses and funeral attire against the back drop of 17th century paintings in the the eerily candlelit chapel.
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth is on until October 22nd (and you cannot go to Derbyshire without having a piece of Bakewell Tart!!)