A fash­ion­able fam­ily

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From Bess of hard­wick and 18th-cen­tury ‘em­press of Fashion’ Ge­or­giana, duchess of devon­shire, to the late dowa­ger duchess, ‘Kick’ Kennedy and model stella Ten­nant (above), ren- owned style icons of the Cavendish fam­ily will be cel­e­brated next year in Chatsworth’s most am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tion to date—‘house style: Five Cen­turies of Fashion at Chatsworth’ (March 25 to oc­to­ber 22, 2017).

The cu­ra­tor, Amer­i­can Vogue’s in­ter­na­tional ed­i­tor-at-large hamish Bowles, is thrilled to have been ‘let loose in the wardrobe rooms, the gold vaults, the mu­ni­ment room and the clos­ets, cup­boards, and at­tics of Chatsworth’.

There will be ex­cep­tional pieces on show from the likes of Chris­tian dior, Gucci, Alexan­der Mcqueen and Vivi­enne West­wood. Liv­ery, uni­forms, Coro­na­tion robes and fancy-dress cos­tumes will il­lus­trate the va­ri­ety of adorn­ment from the col­lec­tion and im­por­tant art­works will in­clude inigo Jones’s 1660s cos­tume de­signs. There’ll also be a footage-por­trait of Adele As­taire (Fred’s sis­ter), made from the only film of her in ex­is­tence, which was dis­cov­ered at Chatsworth last year.

‘Clothes and per­sonal ob­jects (es­pe­cially jew­els) bring ghosts and vi­sions of re­mark­able char­ac­ters to the sur­face of the place,’ says cre­ative di­rec­tor Pa­trick Kin­month. ‘We hope to con­jure the pres­ence of these re­mark­able men and women who have an­i­mated, loved and cre­ated this unique en­sem­ble of great art, fur­ni­ture and per­sonal style in its many lay­ers.’

An ac­com­pa­ny­ing book will be pub­lished by riz­zoli, with a fore­word by the duke of devon­shire, an in­tro­duc­tion by the Count­ess of Burling­ton, edited by Mr Bowles and fea­tur­ing pho­to­graphs by Mario Testino, Ce­cil Beaton and oth­ers, with many pre­vi­ously un­seen pictures from the devon­shire per­sonal pho­to­graph al­bums. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to book tick­ets, visit www.chatsworth.org

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