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 fashion gone by.

With a collection of over 20,000 pieces started by Paulise de Bush in the mid-20th century before being given to the National Trust and finding a home at Killerton in 1978, the fashion collection at Killerton is always 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

Besides from the many pieces of dress, 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. 

Part of the exhibition at Killerton.

Fashion has returned 

Safe under the newly repaired roof, the fashion collection is back. This year meet the radical women who made fashion political during the campaign for women's suffrage.