House StyleFive Centuries of Fashion

A major exhibition exploring the history
of fashion and adornment

House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth is the most ambitious exhibition to date exploring the history of fashion and adornment. It has been made possible with the support of principal sponsor Gucci, whose Creative Director’s Alessandro Michele is deeply fascinated by the British world. Not only Gucci Cruise Collection 2017 was presented at the Westminster Abbey, but also Alessandro decided to shoot the Cruise Campaign 2017 with Vanessa Redgrave at Chatsworth, considering it a place full of charm, history and rituals.
Curated by Hamish Bowles, International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue, with the creative direction and design by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, House Style gives unprecedented insight into the depth of the Devonshire Collection and the lives of renowned style icons from Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire to Stella Tennant. 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 will be woven throughout one of Britain’s nest stately homes, including the largest and grandest room of the Baroque house, the Painted Hall; the Chapel and the lavishly decorated State Music Room. Layering art history, fashion, jewellery, archival material, design and textiles, it will be organized by theme, including Coronation Dress; The Devonshire House Ball; Bess of Hardwick and the Tudor influence; The Georgiana Effect; Ducal Style; Country Living; The Circle of Life; and Entertaining at Chatsworth. Highlights of the exhibition will include exceptional 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. Important artworks will also be on display, including rare costume designs from the 1660s by Inigo Jones. Contemporary artist TJ Wilcox will be showing his intimate filmed portrait of Adele Astaire, which contains the only existent film of the star, found at Chatsworth in 2015.