Curated by American Vogue's International Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles, the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire opens the doors to "House Style".
Presenting an exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion and adornment worn by the aristocratic residents of Chatsworth.
House Style is deep insight into the rich history of fashion of Chatsworth, giving new life to eccentric individuals of the Cavendish family. On show are pieces worn by Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire, Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the Mitford sisters; model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy. The rich collection on display in the intriguing rooms of the stately home include couture designed by Jean Phillipe Worth and Christian Dior, together with influential contemporary garments from designers such as Gucci, Helmut Lang, Margiela, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Vetements. The show will also feature personal family collections, including items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Important artworks will also be on display, including rare costume designs from the 1660s by Inigo Jones, Surveyor to the King’s Works and one of the most notable architects of 17th century England. To coincide with the exhibition, Rizzoli will publish House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, with a foreword by the Duke of Devonshire; an introduction by the Countess of Burlington; edited by Hamish Bowles. This book will be a 200-page survey of fashion at Chatsworth featuring photographs by Cecil Beaton, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, and previously unseen pictures from the Devonshire personal photograph albums. Sponsored by Gucci, House Style runs from 25 March to 22 October 2017.