Displayed throughout the State Rooms, this exciting new exhibition will take a look at the clothes, underclothes, shoes and accessories which would have been worn by some of the more colourful characters in the Palace’s 300-year history - as well as considering the part that arsenic, lead, mercury and mousetraps played in the styles of the day.
Then, as now, people went to the most extraordinary lengths to keep abreast of fashion – from metre high wigs to killer cosmetics and fabric dyes which would cause permanent damage to the wearer!
As well as the many examples of adults’ and children’s items dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, the exhibition will celebrate our on-going relationship with the House of Dior and includes stunning vintage dresses from their 1954 fashion show, held at Blenheim Palace, as well as artefacts from the launch of the Dior Cruise collection which took place here in May 2016.
Other contributors include haute couture milliner Stephen Jones, footwear designer Christian Louboutin and dress designer Christina Stambolian, creator of one of Princess Diana’s most iconic dresses.
'A Passion for Fashion' is a must-see exhibition for anyone with an interest in style or social history over the past 300 years.
Tours of the exhibition led by the curator, Antonia Keaney, will leave from the Palace entrance at 12.00 or Wednesdays and Fridays. Please book your space at the Welcome Desk or Chapel Room.
'A Passion for Fashion' is kindly sponsored by Bicester Village.
This luxury destination is home to more than 130 boutiques of world-famous brands, each offering exceptional value with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Together with a selection of restaurants and cafés, including Le Pain Quotidien Restaurant and farmshop restaurant & cafe by Soho House & Co, the Village offers a suite of services that include Valet Parking, Hands-free Shopping, and an onsite tax refund and money change service. Discover more at bicestervillage.com.
We would like to thank the following for their kind contributions to the exhibition: