Immerse yourself in world of fashion
KILLERTON House, near Exeter, is delving deep into the closet and hosting a series of Focus on Fashion events to give visitors the chance to see a stunning array of costumes in detail.
Starting on March 11, the themed drop-in sessions are a chance to learn more about the collection with Killerton's costume curator Shelley Tobin, who says the behind-the-scenes view gives the public a chance to see costumes which would not otherwise be on display.
"Our Focus on Fashion events are a wonderful opportunity for people to see many of the fascinating objects from our historical collection," she said.
"Visitors will be able to take a closer look at items through magnifying glasses and see the intricate details not always visible in an exhibition, and discover intriguing facts about the objects."
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The monthly sessions include a focus on 18th and 19th century dress silks, costume jewellery, hats, underwear and embroidery and are being held in conjunction with this year's costume exhibition.
Each year, Killerton draws on its 10,000-item fashion collection to produce a new display.
And this time it has embarked on a new project with a renowned interior designer to showcase a collection of vintage fashion in the Objects of Desire exhibition.
The collection, brought to the Devon estate in the late 1970s, includes examples of ready-to-wear clothing, jewellery, hats and shoes. Other accessories range from the late-17th century through to the 20th-century fashion houses of Chanel, Hartnell and Molyneux.
Its wardrobe has grown over the past 35 years, from pieces acquired from private collector Paulise de Bush. The new exhibition at the 18th-century historic property explores the desirability of fashion, design and craftsmanship.
The house has been transformed by Russell Sage, who has collaborated with leading figures from the fashion and creative industries. His notable interiors include the Goring Hotel, London's Zetter Townhouse, the Savoy and Abbey Road Studios.
Mr Sage said: "I am delighted to be working with the National Trust. This project is incredibly exciting as it will breathe new life into the vintage fashion displays at Killerton."
Shelley Tobin, added: 'We are thrilled that Russell Sage has agreed to work with us bringing his unique creative vision to the displays for what we hope will be our most exciting fashion exhibition yet."
The exhibition runs until the end of the year.
Killerton House and exhibition are open from 11am-5pm until November 4. Details of the events are on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton