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Biltmore exhibit will showcase classic costumes from new films in 2017

Posted September 13, 2016

The costume worn by Nicole Kidman in “The Portrait of a Lady” will be on display in Biltmore House when “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” opens on Feb. 10, 2017.

— A new, temporary exhibit opening at the Biltmore Estate next year will feature more than 40 elaborate costumes worn in dozens of popular movies based on classic literary works.

"Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics" will open on Feb. 10, 2017 and remain in the Vanderbilt family's 250-room home until July 4 of the same year.

Celebrating literary classics and the popular movies that brought them to life, the collection will feature costumes worn by Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes" and by Nicole Kidman (Isabel Archer) in “The Portrait of a Lady.”

The exhibition is inspired by favorite stories taken from the home's 22,000-volume library, a beloved collection made real by the late George Vanderbilt, who envisioned the Biltmore Estate years ago.

Vanderbilt, a lover of stories, began to read books at a very young age. At age 12, he started keeping a record of the books he read, numbered consecutively and including the title and author of each work completed. Together, his journals log 38 years and 3,159 books, all of which will be on display during the Designed for Drama exhibition.

A page from George Vanderbiltâs journal, âBooks I Have Read.â

According to Biltmore officials, "The clothing reveals the attention to detail involved in period costume design, and the entire exhibition will give insight into the eclectic and varied interests that led Vanderbilt to collect more than 22,000 volumes before his death."

Admission to “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics,” is included in the general admission ticket price to visit the Biltmore Estate.

More information about the exhibit can be found online.


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