Next spring, Chatsworth will present what is said to be its largest exhibition to date, exploring the history of fashion and adornment.

The exhibition will run from 25th March until the 22nd October 2017.

The new exhibition, House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, will focus on the Cavendish family, who have lived at Chatsworth for many generations.

These will include: Bess of Hardwick, who is said to have been one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; the “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and more.

Highlights of the exhibition will include personal family collections, including items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. These items will be on display alongside an array of uniforms, coronation robes and fancy dress costumes, from throughout the generations.

The displays will tell the history of both international style and the Devonshire Collection, and demonstrate the power of fashion.

Visitors will also get to explore jewellery, archival material, and design, during their visit to Chatsworth.

The exhibition will be organised into themes. Among some of these themes are Coronation Dress, The Devonshire House Ball, and Tudor Influence.

There will also be couture designed by Jean Phillipe Worth, Christian Dior, Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, and more, on display.

Important artworks and rare costume designs will be on show for visitors to see too, including work by Inigo Jones and artist TJ Wilcox, whose filmed portrait of Adele Astaire is the only surviving film of the star.

Coinciding with the exhibition will be a publication of House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, which will include fashion essays and photography including unseen pictures from the Devonshire personal photograph albums.

Additional information about Chatsworth

Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.

The house is known for its collections, including its art collection that spans over 4,000 years, from Roman sculptures to modern day art.

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