A major fashion exhibition is coming to Bakewell this Spring

Is Sheffield the new fashion capital?


Chatsworth House is due to host a huge fashion exhibition next March. Situated in Bakewell, it is just a short bus journey away from the city and therefore a popular and accessible part of the Peaks for students to visit. There will be pieces by Dior, Alexander McQueen and Gucci on display.

The house has been a source of inspiration for the fashion industry for some time. However, it has recently taken centre-stage, with Gucci shooting their latest campaign there. The brand are subsequently sponsoring this exhibition, which will take visitors on a journey through 500 years of fashion history. It will feature 18th century gowns belonging to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, whom the 2008 Keira Knightley film The Duchess is based on.

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© Mario Testino

The house is steeped in artistic and cultural history, making it an obvious choice for fashion lovers. The Duchess and Pride and Prejudice were both filmed there. Fashion has always been embedded in its history too. Duchess Georgiana was also known as The Empress of Fashion for her glamorous appearance.

Does this mean that Sheffield is the UK’s new fashion capital? Perhaps not, but if this landmark is good enough for its curator, American Vogue’s international editor-at-large, then it’s good enough for us.

The exhibition runs from March 25 to October 22 2017.

Featured Image: Photo by Thomas Loof, © Chatsworth