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Icons Of British Fashion | Blenheim Palace

Saturday 23rd March – Sunday 30th June 2024. Find us here…

 

This year, Blenheim Palace unveils a special, blockbuster exhibition – ‘Icons of British Fashion’ – which will run from 23rd March 2024 until 30th June. The exhibition will showcase a creative curation of fashion clothing, accessories, archival materials, drawings, photography, and patterns by an array of legendary designers – dramatically lit and displayed amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s own priceless collections.

 

Each space along the visitor route in the 300-year-old Palace will pay homage to a British fashion icon starting in the Great Hall with designs on display by the late Dame Vivienne Westwood and creative partner Andreas Kronthaler.

 

Icons of British Fashion will continue through Blenheim Palace where you can marvel at the highly visual exhibition dramatically lit and displayed amongst their own priceless collections.

 

 

Alongside Terry de Havilland, the exhibition will include other iconic British fashion brands including Barbour, Bruce Oldfield, Jean Muir, Lulu Guinness, Stella McCartney, Stephen Jones Millinery for Christian Dior, Temperley London, Turnbull & Asser, Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rodes.

 

Blenheim Palace will also be celebrating its own icon of fashion, Sir Winston Churchill, during the exhibition which coincides with the 150th anniversary of his birth.

 

Kate Ballenger, Keeper of Palace and Collections said:

 

“We are incredibly excited to finally unveil what’s been years in the making; this exhibition will give visitors an insight into the fascinating world of British fashion in such a unique setting.

 

“Icons of British Fashion is the first of its kind at Blenheim Palace, and to be able to partner with some of the most widely celebrated designers and brands in the world to bring together a collection of garments, accessories and artefacts is something we’re immensely proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the retrospective exhibition, Terry De Havilland will begin in 1973, a pivotal year in Terry de Havilland’s history, marked by the creation of the iconic Margaux wedge. Named after the iconic Margaux Hemingway, the original Margaux remains a timeless piece in the collection. The ’70s era witnessed Terry de Havilland becoming a fashion phenomenon, adorned by style icons such as Bianca Jagger. The brand even graced the cover of Playboy in 1974 and provided the signature shoes for the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

The exhibition promises a mesmerising journey through the decades, showcasing Terry de Havilland’s commitment to pushing boundaries and creating footwear that transcends time.

 

As the years progressed, Terry de Havilland continued to be the footwear of choice for fashion luminaries like Kate Moss, Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger, Sienna Miller, and Margot Robbie. Notably, the brand crafted a bespoke, hand-painted pair of Zap Pow pop art shoes for the late Amy Winehouse’s UK tour, and one of the three original pairs will be a highlight of the exhibition.

 

More recently, Terry de Havilland’s designs have featured prominently on popular fashion TV series such as “And Just Like That” and “Emily in Paris” (Patricia Field). Terry de Havilland collaborated with Annie’s Ibiza to create a collection of cowboy boots, featuring detailing identical to a 1970s Terry de Havilland boot showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

 

Tickets are available to purchase online now – Click Here.

 

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