I mentioned my love for Jane Austen a few weeks ago in my To knit to post for April. Not only have I read all her books but have also seen most adaptions. For precisely this reason I enthusiastically joined in a recent trip to Chatsworth House that was organised through my work. The appeal of seeing this grand house that functioned as Pemberley in the Pride and Prejudice adaption with Keira Knightly was made even more attractive by the current exhibition they have on display in the house about the Fashion of the house.
Not only is the house beautiful and full of inspiration but the displayed garments were magnificent. My favourites include the stunning Chinese wallpaper and two of the period dresses (see blow). The exhibition featured a great combination of period pieces and modern pieces by contemporary designers such as Vivienne Westwood.
The contemporary pieces were beautifully displayed in the grand dining room and featured some interesting garments.
But before you get to them you work your way through a lot of period pieces which featured some incredibly tiny waistlines that must have been very painful to achieve.
All the garments were in excellent condition and really allow visitors to see the handiwork of not only the designer but of seamstresses and embroiderers. It really is incredible to see how much detail is paid to achieve the desired effect.
In addition to grand evening wear the exhibition also included some more casual day and sports wear, like riding outfits, and a collection of rather hilarious jumpers.
The house and exhibition had a lot to offer so we had lunch before heading to explore the gardens which are huge. Incredibly well maintained they offer grand views of the house and have some fun activities like a maze and various sculptures.
Chatsworth House is definitely worth a visit!