In the April issue of Vogue, Hamish Bowles takes us inside Chatsworth, the storied home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and the estate’s breathtaking clothing collection. Starting March 25th, pieces from that collection will be on view as part of an exhibition curated by Bowles, titled “House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth.”
While the stately home is chock full of sartorial treasures (including a particularly rare 1953 Dior gown and a rosary that once belonged to King Henry VIII), it is equally laden with sumptuous textiles, historic furniture, and thanks to its inhabitants, art that’s old and new.
“Patrick’s instinct was to reflect the Duke and Duchess’s and Lady Burlington’s interest in contemporary art in these very 21st-century installations,” Bowles explains in the video. (Patrick is Patrick Kinmonth, the man who devised the exhibition’s design, while the Countess of Burlington is the daughter-in-law of the house’s current occupants, the 12th Duke and Duchess.) It indeed appears to be a modern setup—one that somehow magically exists in a place where a portrait of Elizabeth I can casually pass by.
Above, a peek inside the manor as Bowles enters the final stages of preparation for “House Style.”