Fashion at Killerton

Costumes on display in one of Killerton's fashion exhibitions.

As you head up to the first floor of the house you enter a world of historic and contemporary fashion.

The fashion collection, which was started by Paulise de Bush in the mid-20th century, found a home with the National Trust at Killerton in 1978 and now consists of over 20,000 pieces. There is always something worth seeing.

The collection contains many pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, with the earliest piece, a man's sleeved waistcoat, dating from 1690. However, it is the 20th century that is particularly well represented, with couture pieces from designers such as Chanel.

The cabinet of curiosities full of historic fashion objects
The cabinet of curiosities
The cabinet of curiosities full of historic fashion objects

In addition to the many items of clothing, there are numerous pairs of shoes and impressive examples of jewellery, fans, handbags and other accessories.

Every year a new exhibition is created exploring different eras of fashion and textile history. 

One of the fashion display case at Killerton

Fashion at Killerton 

Killerton's fashion collection is the largest cared for by the National Trust, with over 20,000 pieces of clothing, accessories and objects.