Fashion, Lifestyle | October 17, 2017


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If I’m totally honest I have a love-hate relationship with Chatsworth. I do love the property and its huge grounds. The little villages Beeley and Pilsley look like a postcard and I definitely want to go back there. But Chatsworth itself is always as busy as Blenheim Palace which can make it quite hard to thoroughly enjoy it.

It was the holiday season when we went to Chatsworth last time and the Christmas decor was out of this world but there were so many people visiting which was a shame as you couldn’t take it all in. Be that as it may, we decided to go back to Chatsworth last weekend to visit the House Style exhibition which will run until 22 October. We spent 2 days in the gorgeous Peak District that has so much beauty. I’m glad that we arrived back home on Sunday night though because Ophelia swept through the country and it was pretty scary here in our cottage. Luckily it’s over now and the hurricane didn’t cause any damage around here. house style chatsworth

House Style was curated by the wonderful Hamish Bowles who has been working for American Vogue for quite some time. The exhibition showcases 5 centuries of fashion with beautiful dresses from the Devonshire Collection. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, ‘Empress of Fashion’ in the 18th century, Adele Astaire, sister of Fred Astaire, the two Mitford sisters, Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, Stella Tennant and ‘Kick’ Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy are notable names from the last 500 years. house style chatsworth

At the beginning of the exhibition there were tons of visitors which was a bit frustrating but the situation improved and I really began to enjoy what I saw. house style chatsworth

As soon as you spot the designer pieces by Dior, Gucci, Erdem or Alexander McQueen, you get that certain sparkle in your eyes.


I was blown away (my favourite dress was the Gucci one which you can see in image 4 and 5!) and can wholeheartedly recommend this exhibition. It’s ordered by themes such as Coronation Dress, The Devonshire House Ball, The Georgiana Effect, Country Living (one of my highlights!) and Entertaining at Chatsworth.

I was a bit stressed in the beginning but felt relaxed after a while which made our visit really enjoyable. The dresses are insanely beautiful and we brought our day to a close in the park before driving back home. Be quick if you decide to make your way to the Chatsworth Estate to check out the breathtaking fashion.
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Ruth Mortimer

Hi Kirsten
Some of these gowns are quite stunning. I can imagine your frustration trying to view them all with so many other people around. Thanks for sharing them. Ruth x


The exhibition was absolutely beautiful Ruth, it blew my mind, just wish we could have come during the week. Sadly Chatsworth is simply too touristy which I really hate.x


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