House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth
Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington
Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish family and the hereditary dukes of Devonshire since the original Elizabethan house was built on the site purchased by Sir William Cavendish in 1549. A famous historic house in England, Chatsworth is renowned as much for its fashionable history—its majestic dresses and tiaras, magnificent lace, and splendid uniforms—as its unrivaled collection of art, palatial gardens, and celebrated family dynasty. From the sixteenth-century Inigo Jones drawings of stage costumes to comical pieces, like the eleventh Duke’s jumper embroidered with “Never Marry a Mitford,” Lady Burlington will offer a personal perspective, as well as discuss Chatsworth’s well-known fashionable residents.
Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington is a former model and editor at Harper’s Bazaar. She has worked as a fashion consultant for major stores and brands including Selfridges and has sat on the New Generation board of the British Fashion Council since 2010. She currently lives and works in London and makes frequent visits to Chatsworth with her husband William Burlington, heir to the Duke of Devonshire, and their three children.
This book talk is presented in conjunction with the Royal Oak Foundation.
Fashion appeals not only to the aristocracy, but also to middle-class consumers, to whom Boston companies like Jordan Marsh and Leopold Morse & Co. advertised their ready-made clothes in the late nineteenth century.
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