Style takes centre stage at Knole

Stunning creations by fashion students at West Kent College

West Kent College fashion students draw on Knole’s complex beauty as inspiration for their latest creations.

Fashion students from West Kent College organised an exciting fashion evening at Knole recently to showcase their latest creations.


The ‘Age of Adornment’ event was a chance for second year students, who are studying an extended diploma in fashion and clothing, to celebrate their end-of-year work with tutors, friends and family.

Each year the course focuses on a different theme inspired by Knole. Drawing on the many decorative and precious objects found in the showrooms, this year’s designs featured beautiful and intricate embellishments, patterns and embroidery.

Inspired by Knole

The budding designers took inspiration from all aspects of Knole’s rich history. Decorated picture frames inspired intricate swirls in silk organza; portraits of aristocrats in armour were the source of military-style fabrics in metallic silver; the crimson silk hangings and gold sequins found on the Spangled Bed provided a popular colour palette for lavish dresses; and even Knole’s famous deer herd were featured on a velvet motif.

The fashion evening took place in the stunning setting of the Orangery and Green Court, with the designs truly capturing Knole’s rich and melancholy beauty in the evening sunlight.

We wish the designers all the best in their future studies and careers and look forward to working with more talented students from West Kent College in the future.