Exeter residents can get free entry to Killerton House up until Thursday, December 23 to see the fashion exhibition, Elegance: two hundred years of dressing to impress. All that they need do is add their postcode to a special voucher in the winter edition of the Exeter Citizen, the city council’s quarterly newspaper, and present it at the Killerton reception.
Elegance is a joint production by Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the National Trust combining the Killerton House fashion collection with fashion plates, photographs and magazines from RAMM’s costume collection.
The exhibition includes a selection of elegant fashions for men and women showing how people have dressed to impress for all occasions from the 1770s to the 1970s. The exhibition explores ideas about clothing etiquette and aims to demonstrate how changing tastes have affected what we regard as elegant. Luxurious accessories and children’s clothes are also displayed and there are replica costumes to try on.
Denise Melhuish, the assistant property manager at Killerton told the Devon Week: “This project with RAMM has been a great opportunity to work with Exeter City Council and to help build a closer relationship. As Killerton is on Exeter’s doorstep we really want Exeter people to come and see what’s on offer, to enjoy the house and garden, the wonderful views and great walks around the park – it’s such a great resource.”
Killerton, a fine 18th century house and glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland, is open 2 to 4pm from 4 to 23 December. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01392 881345 for further details