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Exhibition to explore desirability of fashion

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

  • Felicty Boucher models a Union Jack jacket at the Killerton House exhibition PICTURES: STEVEN HAYWOOD

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The National Trust has embarked on a new project with a renowned interior designer to showcase a collection of vintage fashion.

The Objects of Desire exhibition at Killerton House will display highlights from a vintage fashion and historical dress collection in a unique, contemporary design setting.

Each year, Killerton draws on its own 10,000-item fashion collection to produce a new costume exhibition.

The collection, brought to the Devon estate in the late- 1970s, includes examples of ready-to-wear clothing, jewellery, hats and shoes. Other accessories range from the late-17th century through to the 20th-century fashion houses of Chanel, Hartnell and Molyneux.

Its wardrobe has grown over the past 35 years, from pieces acquired from private collector Paulise de Bush. The new exhibition at the 18th-century historic property explores the desirability of fashion, design and craftsmanship.

The house has been transformed by Russell Sage, who has collaborated with leading figures from the fashion and creative industries. His notable interiors include the Goring Hotel, London's Zetter Townhouse, the Savoy and Abbey Road Studios. Mr Sage 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."

Shelley Tobin, costume curator at Killerton, said: '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."

The exhibition runs until the end of the year.

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