The Nature of Fashion

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

National Trust property, Killerton House in Devon, presents The Nature of Fashion exhibition from 15 February to 4 November.


Natural fibres have been the raw materials for some of the most glamorous clothing, costume and couture through the centuries. To celebrate the use of natural fibres in fashion, and the extraordinary metamorphosis they undergo to reach the wearer, National Trust property, Killerton House in Devon, presents a brand new exhibition The Nature of Fashion.

Gloves -Knitted Lace
Intricate knitted lace gloves (image from National Trust)

Open from 15 February to 4 November 2014, the exhibition will feature gowns, coats, waistcoats and accessories from the 1700s to the 1960s, made from natural plant and animal fibres including wool, silk, linen, cotton and even aloe and pineapple!

 Knitted Mercerised Cotton And Crocheted Edge Cuffs Late 19th c
Knitted mercerised cotton and crocheted edge cuffs late 19th Century (image from National Trust)

For the first time, Killerton is teaming up with Centre for the Creative Industries at Exeter College to present historic pieces from the Killerton archives as well as contemporary work by students and practising artists and designers.

Shelley Topbin, Killerton’s costume curator says, “We hope that visitors will enjoy discovering the amazing and sometimes surprising stages which natural fibres go through as they have been transformed into fabulous, colourful clothing over two centuries. Yet, fashion is about looking forward as well as looking back, and so we are delighted that the textile students from Exeter College are designing and creating pieces inspired by some of those in the collection and which will showcase exciting up and coming talent.”

Dress -KIL.W.1774.1-5816

To find out more about the exhibition visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton or call
01392 881345.

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