Dressing Mrs Dunch at Avebury Manor

Avebury Dressing Mrs Dunch ©National Trust Abby George

A replica Tudor gown, delicately made by a group of National Trust volunteers, will be fitted to a live model this weekend, to show the complexity of Tudor dresses.

This Saturday, 21 May 2016, Cathrien van Hak, the house manager at National Trust Avebury Manor will be taking some time out from her usual duties to pose as Mary Dunch, a 16th century resident of Avebury Manor.

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Fashion with a ‘natural’ twist comes to Killerton House

killerton fashion 2014 a_1Natural fibres have been the raw materials for some of the most glamorous clothing, costume and couture through the centuries. Plants, insects and minerals produced colour and dyestuffs. Floral patterns and other designs from the natural world have also been the inspiration for designers and craftsmen.

To celebrate the use of natural fibres in fashion, and the extraordinary metamorphosis they undergo to reach the wearer, Killerton House in Devon presents the ‘The Nature of Fashion’ exhibition from 15 February 2014.

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‘OBJECTS OF DESIRE’

The National Trust is embarking upon a new and dynamic project with renowned interior designer Russell Sage, which will showcase a remarkable collection of vintage fashion in a unique, contemporary design setting.

‘Objects of Desire’ at Killerton House inDevon, will exhibit highlights from the vintage fashion and historical dress collection. This enviable National Trust wardrobe has grown over the past 35 years from pieces acquired from a private collector. Paulise de Bush amassed a wealth of period clothing between the 1930s and 1960s, initially to dress semi-professional theatre productions. She later opened her own private museum near herBerkshirehome.

Brought to Killerton in the late 1970s, the collection boasts exceptional examples of couture and ready-to-wear clothing; jewellery, hats, shoes and other accessories range from the late seventeenth century through to the modern twentieth century fashion houses of Chanel, Hartnell and Molyneux.

‘Objects of Desire’ explores the desirability of fashion, unique design, and craftsmanship, as well as the very nature of our relationship to the objects we covet.

Killerton House, the eighteenth century historic property that houses the Paulise de Bush collection, will be transformed by Russell Sage, who has collaborated with leading figures from the fashion and creative industries, to create a unique world within Killerton that epitomises the concept of ‘Objects of Desire’.  

Have a look at this Video of interviews with National Trust staff and Russell Sage about the exhibition

Alongside the Paulise de Bush collection will be a series of newly decorated rooms, each of which have been inspired by the work of leading contemporary figures such as designers Christopher Kane, Jasper Conran, Clements Ribiero and milliner PiersAtkinson. In each case a chosen piece from their own body of work will play centre stage to a room inspired by, and transformed by Russell Sage.

Russell Sage, whose notable interiors clients includes The Goring Hotel,London’s Zetter Townhouse, The Savoy and Abbey Road Studios, 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.”

Killerton is the home to over 10,000 items of costume and accessories which developed from the original collection brought together by Paulise de Bush. Each year, the property draws on its collection to produce a new costume exhibition.

Shelley Tobin, Costume Curator at Killerton says: ‘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”

‘Objects of Desire’ opens at Killerton on 16 February and runs until 31st December 2013

Felicity Boucher , Visitor Services Officer for Killerton models the Union Jack jacket by Russell Sage on display in the Killerton costume exhibition