Chatsworth House, one of the UK’s best loved stately homes, will host a major fashion exhibition next year.
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth will look back upon the house’s most fashionable inhabitants from Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (who was known as the ‘Empress of Fashion’ amongst her 18th century peers) to Nancy Mitford, Deborah Devonshire and Stella Tennant.
Curated by Hamish Bowles, the international editor-at-large of American Vogue, the exhibition will chart the iconic residence’s long-standing relationship with the fashion world. House Style will feature everything from Dior couture to looks from designers like Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Vetements, many of which have been worn by Stella Tennant, the model granddaughter of the 11th Duchess of Devonshire. Also on show will be historical fancy dress costumes, wedding dresses and gowns worn by family members at the 1937 and 1953 coronations.
Bowles said, ‘Chatsworth is a real treasure house and the characters of generations of Cavendish family members who have peopled its rooms and gardens and landscapes are revealed as vividly through their choice of clothing and adornments, as through the canvases and lenses of the great artists and photographers who have memorialised them through the centuries.’
Earlier this year, Chatsworth featured as the backdrop for Gucci’s Cruise 2017 campaign starring the actress Vanessa Redgrave, with the brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele announcing a programme of cultural events to be co-hosted at the house.
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth will run from 25th March to 22nd October 2017.