For anyone interested in fashion, a visit to Blenheim Palace now offers an added attraction in the form of a new exhibition which celebrates 300 years of style at the stately home.
Not surprisingly, the house has strong associations with the world’s top fashion houses. A number of fashion shows have been held at the house and in the library a TV plays highlights from a couple of those shows. It was interesting to see how in the shows from decades past the models seemed to move more freely and look happy. In the modern shows the models march up and down like robots with no sense of enjoyment.
Among the clothes on display as you make your way around the house is Diana’s little black number which caused so much controversy at the time. There are also some fascinating displays of shoes, gloves and hats. You can’t help but marvel at how slim the ladies waists were and how tiny their feet. A passion for fashion is an interesting addition to the Blenheim tour. Here are a few photos from our visit. Click on any picture to enter ‘slideshow view’.