Kedleston Hall

Empress Josephine

Kelleston Hall is a spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland.

Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th-century and continue to live at the Hall. Lord Curzon’s Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia and while Viceroy of India (1899 to 1905).

The Hall is part of the National Trust  and was used as a key location for ‘The Duchess’, the Hollywood blockbuster film staring Keira Knightley.

Costume enthusiasts can ‘Enter the World of Jane Austen’ with my talk about Ladies Regency Costume Design and Construction. I will present my lecture at Kedleston Hall on Friday 31st January at 11 am. My talk is part of the popular Kedleston Lecture Lunches and is to be followed by a delicious 2 course meal.

It is a very interesting, lively,informative and sometimes humorous talk about the design and construction of costumes I have created – all inspired by clothes worn during the Regency Period.

Beautifully costumed mannequins will accompany the lecture. Costumes will include an

  • An Ornate gold encrusted Court Gown with Velvet Robe and Diadem inspired by clothes worn by Empress Josephine wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • A sumptuous Lilac Silk Ball Gown embellished with gold worn with gloves, fan and turban – perfect for the Netherfield Ball with Mr Darcy!.
  • An Afternoon Dress with Spencer, Bonnet and Reticule in the style worn byJane Austen.
  • Underwear and Accessories
  • I will also include a very pretty blue cotton morning dress which I have just completed and also a copy of a pair of the knickers ever worn!!

I hope you will join me for this very special event.

For more information call the Property Office, 01332 842191 or contact

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