Fashionable Romance at the Biltmore

Wedding Gowns in Film

Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in "Sense and Sensibility"

Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in “Sense and Sensibility”

In celebration of Biltmore’s long history as a location for weddings and romantic getaways, the estate is hosting a new costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film will showcase wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design.

The costumes come to Biltmore from Cosprop Ltd., the same London-based company that designed and furnished the costumes for Biltmore’s 2015 “Dressing Downton” exhibition of clothing from the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.” I personally had the privilege of attending the Dressing Downton exhibit which was spectacular, and I expect nothing less of this upcoming new exhibit.

More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House. Costumes illustrate changing styles in wedding fashions from the 1700s through the 1940s and the exquisite attention to detail that Cosprop Ltd., London, brings to its film costume projects. Accenting the costume displays will be elaborate floral arrangements complementing each film’s era, created by Biltmore’s Floral design team.

Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil in her wedding gown, photographed in Biltmore House, 1924.

Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil in her wedding gown, photographed in Biltmore House, 1924.

The exhibition will continue in Antler Hill Village & Winery with stories and heirlooms from 60 years of Vanderbilt family weddings, including a re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil’s beautiful wedding gown and veil, and the family veil worn by both Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan Cecil, at their weddings.

(The exhibit will run from February 12 – July 4, 2016. Entry to this exhibition is included in Biltmore admission. Save $10 per admission ticket when you buy 7 or more days in advance.)

(Info courtesy of the Biltmore Estate Media)

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