Fashioned from Paper at Knole by Delicarta

A lifesize mannequin wears Henry VIII clothes created from paper, wearing rich red and gold robes, a black hat with a feather in it

THIS ARTICLE IS FROM 2020 AND OUT OF DATE. PLEASE VISIT KNOLE'S HOMEPAGE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION. With Knole House open again, we're pleased to announce that Fashioned from Paper is also open to visitors. Pre-book tickets to visit the house to see the exquisitely detailed paper costumes along the one-way visitor route this autumn.

The doors to Knole’s showrooms are open again for a visual feast. Fashioned from Paper at Knole sees paper artist Denise Watson (aka Delicarta), taking inspiration from Knole’s many portraits, bringing characters to life from 600 years of history with her exquisitely detailed paper costumes.

Opening Times

Open daily, from 11am - 4pm (last entry 3.15pm).


Entry to Fashioned from Paper is included with your ticket to the house. All visits must be pre-booked via the website. You will now need to book tickets per person rather than per car. Members can visit the house, parkland and use the car park for free but must still pre-book.

For paying visitors buying pre-booked house tickets, an additional £5 charge will be payable for car parking on arrival.


About the exhibition

One of the first things you notice when you come to Knole is its wealth of portraits spanning 600 years of history, many by renowned artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds and Gainsborough. Look a little closer and you’ll find yourself wondering who the subjects of the pictures were, and what was their relationship to Knole. Now for the first time, they’ll be brought to life in Fashioned from Paper at Knole, through eleven lifesize mannequins dressed in exquisitely detailed historic paper costumes, skillfully cut, folded, painted and manipulated by the talented hand of artist Denise Watson.

Lovers of costume, historic house interiors and craft alike will be fascinated to find out what a farthingale is, how 17th century fashions could be dictated by the powerful royal court, and exactly how versatile paper can be.

Famous characters from Knole’s past are artfully arranged in Knole’s galleries, bedrooms and dressing rooms, including Henry VIII, James II, Thomas Cranmer, Vita Sackville-West, Lady Betty Germain, Mary Curzon, Richard Sackville, Mary of Modena and Huang ya Dong.


At Knole, we strive to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, and are pleased to provide disabled parking and toilet facilities, as well as ramps and smooth terrain for easy access. We also offer wheelchairs to borrow from visitor reception, so you can enjoy venturing further afield.Unfortunately, the mobility scooter isn't available for hire at the moment.

The exhibition takes place in Knole’s showrooms – three of the eleven mannequins will be situated in The Great Hall, which is on the ground floor and accessible by wheelchair. The remainder of the mannequins are located up a flight of wide wooden stairs, and are not accessible by wheelchair. A detailed, informative film about the exhibition will be available on iPads in the Visitor Centre (near the main entrance), where there will also be displays relating to the making of exhibition.