House Style – Chatsworth

On Tuesday last week, my Mum, my sister and I went along to Chatsworth House for their House Style exhibit. Showcasing over five centuries of fashion, we got to see clothing, jewellery, art and much more which catapulted you back decades.

The setting, as always, was spectacular and once we arrived, we chose to go for some brunch at the Flying Childers restaurant. You can read about that more here.

Following a splendid brunch, we made our way to the exhibit. When I saw that the first dress on display was from Alexander McQueen, I knew this was going to be good.

We then got to take a closer look at some of the robes and dressage that would be worn to royal events such as coronations.

Following the royal regalia, we were transported back in time to a fancy dress party with costumes like I’ve never seen before. The costumes were embellished in such minute detail, the likes of which you would never get on your local high street. They glittered and shone all around.

Next we got to see some of the outfits from the personal collections of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, their family and some other donations from well-known designers.

The next dress is spectacular, and believe it or not, is actually a modern, Dior dress. It looked so heavy but I would absolutely love to be able to wear something like this or even own something similar.


After walking through the library, which houses around 30,000 books, I came across a dress which was inspired by the pages we were surrounded by.

Christopher Kane

My favourite part of the exhibit was the dining room which showcased how people would have dressed in times gone by as well as the modern day. In here contained some of my favourite designers including Dior and Vivienne Westwood.

To end the day, we went for a walk around the beautiful gardens. You could easily spend an entire day just taking in the spectacular grounds.

The exhibit was a brilliant look and insight into personal collections and a glance at how fashion played such an important part in people’s lives, not only today, but across the centuries.

Photos: Nikki Galley



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