In March, the historic Chatsworth House in England, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, will open its doors for an exhibition titled House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. The show will use fashion to elucidate the lives of the Cavendish family’s most stylish and alluring figures over the last 500 years from “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, dancer and actress Adele Astaire, JFK’s sister Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, to 21st century British model Stella Tennant.
The exhibit is curated by Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowels in partnership with Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, who are recognized for their work behind some of the most successful fashion exhibitions in recent years.
The major event will be sponsored in part by Gucci, after the Italian house had secured the property for its Cruise 2017 campaign shoot earlier this year and when creative director Alessandro Michele had the opportunity to intimately learn about the location. “Chatsworth is unlike anywhere else in the world,” Michele said. “A place full of charm, history, and rituals. It 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 fro creating the present. Thus far the house has been speaking, now House Style gives a voice to the wardrobes of its inhabitants and guests.”
On display will be couture threads from Christian Dior and Jean Phillipe Worth along with more contemporary pieces from Gucci, Helmut Lang, Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Christopher Kane, and Vetements brought out from the Devonshire Collection. Items from the family’s private collections will also be on display, like a special bespoke Givenchy bolero worn by the current Duchess of Devonshire on her wedding day. To mark the opening, Rizzoli has published a paperback form of the retrospective House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, with a foreword by the current Duke of Devonshire. The 200-page book will have photographs from Cecil Beaton, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Martio Testino, Tim Walker, and Ellen von Unwerth, in addition to never-before-seen imagery from the Devonshire personal albums.
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth is set to open on March 25th, until October 22, 2017.