History meets haute couture at the Knowsley Hall 2018 public opening

One of the region’s grandest stately homes is preparing to open its doors to the public for its annual open week from Monday 3rd to  Friday 7th September 2018.

The Earl and Countess of Derby are inviting the public into their home next month, featuring a special exhibition of paintings from the Derby Collection that are not usually on public view. This year’s theme will be the Derby Women, featuring historical portraits of female members of the Stanley family from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Alongside this gathering of portraits throughout the State Rooms of the Hall there will be a special series of curated presentations of historical dresses and dresses commissioned by Lady Derby from the designer Ulrich Engler.

The Countess of Derby’s dresses on show will include her own wedding dress from 1995, as well as a series of haute couture outfits designed for her over the last twenty-five years by Ulrich Engler. This show, which is the first of its kind, will offer visitors and fashion aficionados a unique glimpse into the lives and worlds of the Countess of Derby over the history of Knowsley Hall.

More information and tickets here

 

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