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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.
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  • HOUSE STYLE Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth (A film) Directed by Antonio Monfreda and produced by The Visual Clinic 2017

"Chatsworth is a piece of England, of Europe and the contemporary world, all at the same time. You can see history everywhere, yet everything is alive. This exhibition proves how much historical objects are an incredible source of inspiration for creating the present." Alessandro Michele Gucci Creative Director

  • Inspired by the Merian books in the Devonshire collection, a gown designed by Alessandro Michele for the Duchess of Devonshire.
  • A gown designed by Alessandro Michele for Lady Laura Burlington, the Countess of Burlington.
  • © Chatsworth
  • The Duchess of Devonshire’s hat by Madame Vernier, 1965.
  • ‘Shepherdess’ fancy dress costume by Russell & Allen, worn by Duchess Evelyn in India,1889.
  • Earl of Burlington’s christening, 1969.
  • Lord Charles Cavendish and Adele Astaire on their wedding day, 1932.
  • Duchess Louise’s silk and lace bag with gold work embroidery, 1890s, on a George III giltwood chair by François Hervé, late eighteenth century.
  • Deborah Devonshire’s assorted Turnbull & Asser shirts in an armoire in a guest bedroom at Chatsworth.
  • Mistress of the Robes coronation gown, worn by Duchess Evelyn at the 1911 and 1937 coronations and Duchess Mary at the 1953 coronation.
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