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. To get ready for these exhibitions the fashion collection is not on display from the beginning of November to Saturday 16 February 2019.

Look back here in the new year to discover next year's exhibition.

A beautiful fan from Killerton's costume collection.

Fashion blogs

Here you'll find monthly blogs written by Killerton's Costume Curator, as she uncovers the history behind special pieces from the costume collection.