Chatsworth House, based in Derbyshire, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
The house contains an important collection of paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts and is set in 105 acres of expansive parkland with stunning gardens designed by Capability Brown.
As well as the house and the extensive gardens and grounds, there is a working farmyard and children’s playground for the young ones.
Chatsworth’s ‘House Style: Five Centuries Of Fashion
Curated by American Vogue’s international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, this stunning exhibition explores five centuries of fashion and adornment in the Devonshire Collection.
House Style demonstrates the power of fashion by exploring the clothing and accessories from the Cavendish family. The women at the centre of the exhibition are notable including Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire. Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the infamous Mitford sisters, Model Stella Tennant (Granddaughter of the 11th Duchess) as well as John F Kennedy’s sister ‘Kick’ Kennedy are also featured.
The exhibition is cleverly ordered by themes such as Coronation Dress, The Devonshire House Ball, The Georgiana Effect, Country Living, and Entertaining At Chatsworth. Highlights include pieces from Jean-Phillipe Worth and Christian Dior couture to items from Gucci, Erdem and Alexander McQueen. It also explores the livery and uniforms worn at Chatsworth across the ages, as well as 19th-century fancy-dress costumes and the family’s coronation and wedding gowns.
To quote Hamish Bowles Speaking about his exhibition “In House Style we hope to bring these compelling and fascinating people and the very different worlds they inhabited to life, through the clothes and the jewels that they wore.”
House Style: Five Centuries Of Fashion At Chatsworth: runs from March 25 to October 22 2017.
Chatsworth Country Fair: –
This spectacular annual event includes demonstrations and parades, a vintage car parade, hot air balloon races, parachuting, clay pigeon shooting, archery and sheep dog trials. There are also 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts and an old fashioned fairground.
Sotherby’s Beyond Limits: Display of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. 9 September – 29th October.
Over the last ten years, Sotheby’s Beyond Limits has firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious platforms for the display and sale of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture, and a key event in the art world calendar.
The show brings together works by leading pioneers in this field, all woven through the historic garden of one of Europe’s greatest country estates, the ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.