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Literary fashion exhibit at Biltmore House in North Carolina

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Alicia Vikander in a scene from “Anna Karenina.” Costumes from the film are on display in Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. [Photo Provided]
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Alicia Vikander in a scene from “Anna Karenina.” Costumes from the film are on display in Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. [Photo Provided]

Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., has opened its third costume exhibition, this one showcasing the artistry of great literary works, costume design and movie making.

“Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics,” inspired by George Vanderbilt’s love of literature, continues through July 4.

The exhibition features award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in Vanderbilt’s extensive collection of more than 22,000 volumes in his North Carolina country home. An avid reader, at the age of 12 he began keeping a record of the books he read, including title and author. By his death in 1914, he had logged 3,159 books. He was once recognized as one of the best read men in the country.

It’s that literary connection that runs through the exhibit, with original books from Vanderbilt’s library accompanying the costumes. This is the first time most of the books have been on public display.

Elaborate costumes from recent films also are on display, including those worn by Holmes and Watson in “Sherlock Holmes” to ones that showcase the creation of the Peter Pan story in “Finding Neverland.”

This is Biltmore's third costume exhibition and it includes the work and talent of Carolyn Jamerson of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She is one of only a few paper wig designers in the country and created the wigs on-site.

Vanderbilt first visited Asheville in 1888 and a year later construction started on his country home, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau. It was officially opened to friends and family on Christmas Eve 1895. The home has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces spread over four acres of floor space.

Admission to the new exhibition is included with admission to Biltmore. For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.

 

 

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A few of the costumes before their final preparation for the “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” exhibition at Biltmore House. [Photo Provided]

A few of the costumes before their final preparation for the “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” exhibition at Biltmore House. [Photo Provided]

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