A Symphony In White

Look where Berrington’s latest costume display has ended up…featured on the pages of the glossy and stylish September edition of Period Ideas Magazine! The article, features the exhibition ‘Symphony In White’ created by Professor Nancy Hills and currently on display at Berrington Hall. ‘Symphony In White’ is an exhibition of reproduction costume charting the chronology…

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A Cinderella Moment…

I don’t subscribe to the female stereotype of adoring shoes but I challenge anyone not to be excited, or just a little bit intrigued, by the rows and row of boxes in the Costume Curator’s stores at Berrington Hall. Women’s shoes in the 18th century were predominantly made of fabric. The material was often patterned dress…

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The Duchess at Berrington Hall

The Duchess at Berrington Hall, until June 30th 2014 In rural Herefordshire, amongst acres of field and farmland, Henry Holland’s perfectly formed and beautifully designed mansion, Berrington Hall, is deserving of its accolade ‘a Georgian gem’. Most would consider this an accurate description but some find the austere design in stark contrast with its elegant,…

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A Pretty Polonaise

What would the fashionable lady of the 1770’s wear to convey her fashion savvy? Enter the Polonaise…in my mind the most unusual silhouette of the 18th century; quite the accolade when you consider the variation in Georgian fashions. The pretty cream silk polonaise on display at Berrington Hall (from March 1st) comprise a wide ribbed…

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A Thousand Fancies at Berrington Hall 2014

A Thousand Fancies Charles Paget Wade spoke of the power of objects to ‘inspire a thousand fancies.’ In 2014 Berrington Hall will showcase a series of costume exhibitions against the backdrop of its beautiful Georgian interiors to inspire a thousand fancies in our visitors. 5 different Costume displays from the Charles Paget Wade collection, the Janet…

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A little taste of the feast to come…

  A Thousand Fancies at Berrington Hall, 2014. From February 15th Berrington Hall will be open from 11am to welcome the curious folk who want a slice of sumptuous Georgian grandeur. Against the backdrop of the jewel like interiors a small group has started to gather in one of the bedrooms upstairs; a cherry red…

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Delicate Whites – Lace & whitework at Berrington Hall

A few weeks ago I discovered there is something of a tradition at Berrington Hall. Every year, in the run up to Christmas, the Costume Curator Althea Mackenzie displays a part of the Charles Paget Wade costume collection in the Dining Room. This weekend saw the Dining Room at Berrington filled with lace and whitework…

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