Arts & Culture

First Look: The Biltmore’s Latest Fashion Exhibit

A new exhibition at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics,” pays tribute to George Vanderbilt’s love of literature by presenting a selection of his favorite tomes alongside more than forty costumes from their screen adaptions. Scroll through for an exclusive look at a selection of items in the exhibit.

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Costumes from 1999’s Sleepy Hollow in the tapestry gallery.

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Johnny Depp’s Ichabod Crane and Michael Gambon’s Baltus Van Tassel outfits from 1999’s Sleepy Hollow stand in the tapestry gallery.

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Dresses Gillian Anderson wore in 2000’s The House of Mirth are displayed in Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.

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Costumes from Finding Neverland as worn by (left to right): Johnny Depp, Radha Mitchell, and Dustin Hoffman stand in the banquet hall.

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A heavily beaded and sequined gown worn by Nicole Kidman in The Portrait of a Lady stands in the second floor living hall.

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Uma Thurman’s peacock gown from 2000’s The Golden Bowl unfurls in the salon.

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Uma Thurman and Kate Beckinsale’s The Golden Bowl costumes in the salon.

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Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, and Keira Knightley’s wardrobe from Anna Karenina fill the second floor living hall.

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Behind-the-scenes staging areas hold costumes before the exhibition setup.

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Behind-the-scenes staging areas hold costumes before the exhibition setup.

photo: Courtesy of the Biltmore Estate

Behind-the-scenes staging areas hold costumes before the exhibition setup.

photo: Courtesy of the Biltmore Estate