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.

An edition of The World of Dress, edited by Mrs Aria, 1903

Reading Materials

A new month starts on Saturday and I’ll be travelling to the Artworker’s Guild in London for the Costume Society’s annual conference. This year the society celebrates 50 years since Costume, the Journal of the Costume Society, was first published.

Two wartime wedding dresses

June blog: The bride that is married in June….

Killerton has a large collection of bridal gowns, veils, head-dresses, shoes and accessories worn for that one special occasion.

Blue dress from Killerton collection

May blog: Bloomin’ lovely

Spring has sprung at Killerton. Take a peek into the wardrobe to find out more about floral frocks from the collection.

An 18th century hat from the Killerton costume collection.

April blog: Easter bunnies or bonnets?

What would you wear for your own Easter parade?

Sir Thomas Dyke Acland 10th Baronet.

March blog: Dressing Sir Thomas

What was a well dressed MP wearing 200 years ago? Take a peek at March's blog to find out about the man behind the portrait.

Swinging Dannimac coat

February blog: Designer winter fashion

To tie in with London Fashion Week in February, our Costume Curator Shelley takes a look at designer winter pieces from the Killerton collection.

Richard Acland's wellingtons.

January blog: Wrapping up warm

As a protective cover envelops the mansion ahead of the conservation work, we'll be wrapping up warm to embrace winter walks around the estate. Find out about the history of warm and waterproof clothing with pieces from the historic collection.

Killerton's collection

Find photographs and details of thousands of items, from dress patterns to ballgowns to underwear and shawls.