The exhibition will bring to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; model Stella Tennant and Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire. Telling the rich history of both international style and the Devonshire Collection, the exhibition will demonstrate the power of fashion to illuminate these extraordinary characters.
“House Style is a landmark exhibition for Chatsworth that has been years in the making. Fashion is interwoven into the fabric of the Cavendish family history, and the house itself has been at the centre of international style for decades. This exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to see the story of Chatsworth, through the styles and fashions of the people who have lived and stayed here. House Style will stay true to the history and tradition of Chatsworth, whilst also including modern day concepts and designers, appealing to style aficionados, casual observers and those with an interest in heritage and culture alike.” Sally Ambrose, Chatsworth’s Head of Visitor Services and Marketing
exhibit selection in Theatre at Chatsworth, 2015. Copyright Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth
The exhibition will host a whole range of items, including coronation robes, fancy-dress costumes, uniforms, as well as couture designed by Jean Phillipe Worth and Christian Dior. Contemporary garments from designers such as Gucci, Helmut Lang, Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Vetements will also be on display.
Hat, Madame Vernier, 1965 owned by the Duchess of Devonshire
In addition to exceptional fashion pieces, important artworks will also be on display. Contemporary artist TJ Wilcox will be showing his intimate filmed portrait of Adele Astaire, the only surviving film of the star.
The exhibition runs from 25 March to 22 October 2017, and is included in the price of entry to Chatsworth House.