Blenheim Palace to spotlight British fashion icons

From March 23 until June 30, renowned fashion houses will each take over a room in the 300-year-old palace, located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, as part of the Icons of British Fashion exhibition.

Launching in the Great Hall, the exhibition will feature designs by the late Dame Vivienne Westwood and her creative partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler.

Westwood’s portion will introduce a collection of avant-garde looks, exhibiting an array of gowns, corsets and capes handcrafted in her London atelier.

Other famed British designers whose work will be showcased include Jean Muir, Terry de Havilland, Turnbull & Asser and Bruce Oldfield.

Designer Terry de Havilland’s exhibition will recollect his brand’s journey, from becoming a household fashion name in 1973 until his continuous influence on the fashion landscape with his boundary-pushing footwear.

The show will feature one of three original pairs of Zap Pow pop art shoes made for Amy Winehouse’s UK tour.

The palace will also pay tribute to Sir Winston Churchill, who was born at the palace, marking what would have his 150th birthday, as milliner Stephen Jones will exhibit a special smoking cap featuring Churchill’s embroidered initials.

Kate Ballenger, keeper of palace and collections: “We are privileged to collaborate with such incredible British designers and celebrate the creativity within the UK’s fashion industry.”

“Blenheim Palace has a rich history of its own in British fashion having hosted fashion shows, photoshoots, and catwalks attended by high society and royalty.

“Our Palace is the perfect backdrop to showcase the lasting impact of British fashion on the global stage over the years.”

There will also be a display which will feature one of the original Churchill Siren Suits, a loan from Turnbull & Asser, and a contemporary rendition of the boiler suit.

The palace will also celebrate other renowned British designers such as Barbour, Lulu Guinness and Stella McCartney.

The family history of Barbour will be explored, as well as their fashion collaborations and how they extend the life of their garments.

A selection of previously unseen handbags will be on show at the Lulu Guinness display.

The Stella McCartney display will be locate din the Long Library, showcasing her designs since she launched her fashion house in 2001.

Visit the palace’s website for more information about the exhibition and to book tickets.

Admission to the Icons of British Fashion exhibition will be free with any valid Blenheim Palace ticket, including the Palace, Park and Gardens, Annual Pass or Privilege Pass.

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