Its lovely to have it back. View photos Laura Burlington at Chatsworth - Credit: Ben Murphy More Burlington, a former model turned fashion editor, consultant and chatelaine of Lismore Castle in Ireland, perches on the edge of a sofa in the 12th Duke and Duchesss private library. Sitting beside her is Hamish Bowles , the international editor-at-large for American Vogue and her co-curator for House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, an exhibition that opens later this month. Outside, the frosted topiary andoculus-round reflecting pool guide the eye west over the River Derwent, a view the late Dowager, Debo to her friends, classed as incomparable. Inside, warmed by the tea and home-made cake as much as by the extra-long sleeveson her Holland & Holland wool jumper ( designed by Tennant: Its really brilliant were flying the flag for it), Burlington delights in the artefacts included in the show not only the wedding dress, but also the 11th Dukes loveworn John Lobb slippers and the annotated Vogue magazines of Adele Astaire (sister and first dance partner of Fred, and later Lady Charles Cavendish, wife of the second son of the 9th Duke of Devonshire). The diversity of what weve found is rather extraordinary, she says. View photos West frontage of Chatsworth - Credit: Ben Murphy More The house was built in the 16thcentury, with Bess of Hardwick, who married well (four times) and was canny enough to remain the second-richest woman in England (after QueenElizabeth I), as its first inhabitant. Its timeline alights on Georgiana, the 18th-century duchess, whose penchant for towering wigs led to a revolution in hairstyles (and precipitated at least one chandelier-singed updo). It then skips to her son, the Bachelor Duke William Cavendish, who expanded the gardens, and on to Louise, the Double Duchess (she married the 8th Duke after the death of her first husband, the Duke of Manchester). Theres a touch of all-American glamour via Astaire, who cartwheeled across the room the first time she met the matriarchs, and Kathleen Kick Kennedy, Jacks youngersister she married the Marquess of Hartington, heir apparent to the 10th Duke of Devonshire, and would have been duchess if not for his death in active service only four months after their wedding.
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