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A Passion for Fashion – 300 Years of Style at Blenheim Palace

A new exhibition celebrating three centuries of fashion is to open at Blenheim Palace in February 2017.  
‘A Passion For Fashion – 300 Years of Style at Blenheim Palace’ will include unique and historic items from the Oxfordshire stately home’s own priceless collection.  
The exhibition will be throughout the Palace with displays in 11 separate locations, and there will be a special digital display featuring the recent Dior S/S17 Cruise collection catwalk show which took place in the State Rooms in May 2016..

A Passion for Fashion will look at the outerwear and underwear which would have been worn by family members, as well as some of the more unusual accessories used by them - false eyebrows made from ‘mouse’ skin, fans, wigs and scalp scratchers and a look at King Louis XIV’s obsession with shoes and how the styles he favoured have been adopted by the fashionistas of today.    

This captivating exhibition will also highlight examples of clothing worn by Victorian children, including the young Winston Churchill, who was born at Blenheim Palace.  

“The new exhibition will give visitors a unique insight into Blenheim Palace’s fashionable past and will highlight the leading role the Palace and its many occupants have played in the changing face of fashion down through the ages,” said Antonia Keaney, Curator.  

“In addition to the fascinating – and sometimes incredibly impractical – fashions of the past, we will be bringing the exhibition right up to the present day to include iconic items from the family’s more recent history.” she added.  

‘A Passion for Fashion’ - 300 years of style at Blenheim Palace runs from February 11th to March 12th 2017.  

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