Exhibition: ‘A Passion for Fashion’

11th February - 23rd April

Explore the fashions of the ages with our newest exhibition.

Displayed throughout the State Rooms, this exciting new exhibition looks 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 – and to the unfortunate mice involved! 

As well as the many examples of adults’ and children’s items dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, the exhibition will celebrate our ongoing relationship with the House of Dior - from the early catwalk shows of the 1950s right up to the launch of their Cruise collection which took place here in the Palace in May 2016.

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.

Exhibition: ‘A Passion for Fashion’

'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:


Dior      Ashmolean Museum   Christina Stambolian   Kerry Taylor Auctions

 Herbert Art Gallery and Museum        Ede and Ravenscroft  Newbridge Silverware     Stephen Jones Millinery

     London Festival Opera   Museum of Style Icons    Louboutin   Herefordshire Museum                  

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