Fashion to dye for. Courtesy of Steve Haywood/National Trust

Fashion to dye for – beautiful vintage designer pieces to show how colour shaped style and status

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Fashion to dye for is one of the National Trust’s largest fashion collections and is on show at Killerton House.

To whet your appetite for the intriguing story of fashion, style and status, here are some evocative images courtesy of Steve Haywood and the National Trust.

Rare treats from Killerton’s collection include:

  • Designer pieces by Bernat Klein, Emilio Pucci, Laura Ashley and Ossie Clark (1960s and 1970s)
  • Reception gown in red Chinese silk, 1950s, said to have belonged to HRH Princess Margaret
  • Boys red wool frock, 1855
  • Man’s denim jacket and flares, 1970s
  • Afternoon gown of printed yellow silk, 1860s
  • Evening dress in crimson jersey by Worth, 1950s,

It also includes a display of over 100 pieces of work by Exeter College Art and Design students, inspired by the colour palette of Killerton’s estate.

Here’s the press release that accompanied the opening of the exhibition.

The 2016 fashion exhibition ‘Fashion to dye for’ is at Killerton until October 30.