Last Chance to Discover Passion for Fashion at Blenheim Palace

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Visitors who want to enjoy Blenheim Palace’s hugely popular ‘Passion for Fashion’ exhibition only have until April 23rd.

The exhibition showcases unique and historic items from the Oxfordshire stately home’s own priceless collection with a series of displays throughout the Palace.

Originally due to close in March, it was extended due to the high demand from the public.

‘Visitor numbers on the first week of opening were roughly double those we have been expecting and the exhibition’s popularity has just kept on growing,’ said Blenheim Palace’s Curator Antonia Keaney.

‘As a result we decided to extend it beyond its original closing date in order to allow as many people as possible to enjoy it,’ she added.

Among the historic objects on display are outerwear and underwear which would have been worn by family members, as well as some of the more unusual accessories used by them – false eyebrows made from ‘mouse’ skin, fans, wigs and scalp scratchers and a look at King Louis XIV’s obsession with shoes and how the styles he favoured have been adopted by the fashionistas of today.

The exhibition also celebrates Blenheim Palace’s ongoing relationship with the House of Dior; from the early catwalk shows of the 1950s right up to the launch of their Cruise collection which took place in May 2016.

Spread throughout the Palace, with displays in 11 separate locations, the exhibition features a life-size mannequin of infamous 18th century dandy Topham Beauclerk who married the divorced daughter of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, which has been entirely created out of paper.

Examples of clothing worn by the young Winston Churchill, who was born at Blenheim Palace, is also on display alongside underwear and night clothes through the ages.

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