Anyone who has ever been to Chatsworth, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, will know that the estate and its residents don’t do things by halves. The immense country house has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and comprises 126 rooms and works of art that span 4,000 years. Which is why news of the largest exhibition to date is so exciting. House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth is as ambitious as it sounds, bringing to life the history and exceptional couture of the powerful women who inhabited the house since its inception in the 16th century: Bess of Hardwick, probably the richest woman of the 1500s; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and the “Empress of Fashion”; Adele Astaire, sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire; and Deborah Mitford who married the 11th Duke, among many others. Curated by Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large at American Vogue, the exhibition will be organized by theme, with specific rooms centred around subjects as diverse as “Coronation Dress”, “The Devonshire House Ball” and “Entertaining at Chatsworth”.
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth at Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP (March 25-October 22); @chatsworth
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