'A Passion for Fashion' Excites Visitors

Posted 24th February 2017

A major new exhibition charting the changing face of fashion is proving hugely popular with our visitors.

'A Passion For Fashion' 300 Years of Style at Blenheim Palace showcases unique and historic items from the our own priceless collection. In its opening week the exhibition, which runs until 23rd April, welcomed more than 7500 visitors – almost double the anticipated numbers.

“We’re delighted with the positive response we have been getting from visitors for the new exhibition. Being able to use so much of the Palace to display dresses and costumes which were actually worn in these very rooms over the centuries is very special – and it is proving a major draw for the public. Seeing how fashion has changed over the ages is fascinating and seeing it through the prism of a single family makes it truly unique.” - Antonia Keaney, Exhibition Curator 


'A Passion for Fashion' Excites Visitors
'A Passion for Fashion' Excites Visitors

Among the objects on display are 17th century false eyebrows made from ‘mouse’ skin, Princess Diana’s ‘Revenge Dress’ designed by Christina Stambolian, a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and items worn by Consuelo Vanderbilt (the 9th Duchess of Marlborough). The exhibition also offers a look at King Louis XIV’s obsession with shoes and how the styles he favoured have been adopted by the fashionistas of today, and examples of Christian Dior dresses which featured in a fashion show held at Blenheim Palace in 1954.

Spread throughout the Palace, with displays in 11 separate locations, the exhibition also features a life-size mannequin of infamous 18th century dandy Topham Beauclerk who married the divorced daughter of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, which has been entirely created out of paper.

Examples of clothing worn by the young Winston Churchill, who was born at Blenheim Palace, is also on display alongside underwear and night clothes through the ages.

'A Passion for Fashion’ 300 years of style at Blenheim Palace runs until 23rd April 2017.

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