Everything existed in triplicate, at least. There wasnt one footmans state livery, there were dozens, all immaculate. The same goes for Debos white-collared-and-cuffed Turnbull & Asser shirts and the 11th Dukes cream silk pyjamas. Its a very powerful house, aesthetically, says Bowles an understatement, given that you can come across five Freud paintings casually tucked into an alcove. Its impossible not to have an emotional, visceral response to this house and its history. Thats helped guide the curation. View photos The Lotus and Palmette Diamond Tiara - Credit: Ben Murphy More With creative direction from exhibition designers Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, Burlington and Bowles divided their bounty into groupings. Besides the wedding gowns, exhibits explore The Georgiana Effect, Coronation Dress and The Devonshire House Ball. For Entertaining at Chatsworth, they summoned exceptional couture pieces from Jean Philippe Worth and Christian Dior (a ballgown Bowles believes Debo wore for dinner with the Queen in spring 1953). There were ample options to choose from, given that as recently as the time of the 11th Duke, every dinner even quiet meals for two was a black-tie event. Actually, I imagine the only exceptions were when they wore white tie, Bowles clarifies. View photos One of Debo's favourite dresses - Credit: Ben Murphy More Burlington recalls wearing evening gowns every night on her early visits. Well, a relaxed form of it, somehow it was just what you did, she says.
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