Biltmore House Exhibit | Fashion from the Classics Costumes

Biltmore House 2017 Movie Costumes

February 10-July 4, 2017 (Photos taken opening day!)
See Biltmore's third annual costume exhibition, Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics, inside Biltmore House! We absolutely loved our opening day tour. While these costumes are displayed in museums around the world, you'll never see them set in such a perfect setting. Plus, the design and floral teams at Biltmore add so many wonderful touches with great attention to detail. Wow! 

The elaborate costumes celebrate classic literary works and their popular movie adaptations. They are inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library. Admire 40 elaborate costumes from 14 films that bring the rooms to life due to careful placement. You can just imagine the grand times at Biltmore since the Vanderbilts and their guests probably wore some of the same fashions. A real show stopper is the Cleopatra costume (pic at top) worn by Uma Thurman in The Golden Bowl (2000). 

Coming in February 2018: Titanic Movie Costumes

Biltmore House Costumes
Finding Neverland costumes fit perfectly in the grand Banquet Hall

As you tour, see special displays with the original books from Vanderbilt’s library that served as cinematic inspiration. Vanderbilt was an avid reader and collected more than 22,000 books. See his "Books I Have Read" journal that covers 38 years and includes 3,159 books. 

Biltmore House Edith Vanderbilt Bedroom

The House of Mirth is featured in Edith Vanderbilt's bedroom. Note the amazingly life-like paper wigs, especially created at Biltmore by a designer from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Biltmore House Costumes Breakfast Room
Twelfth Night​ in the Breakfast Room

Biltmore Costumes Library
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice in the Library

Biltmore House Designed for Drama Costumes

Throughout the house, look for special floral designs and centerpieces specially created for this exhibition. A book tornado, or “booknado,” welcomes you upon entering the house. Flying books incorporated into the vines suggest that books and the knowledge they represent spur creative inspiration.

Biltmore House Hollywood Costumes
The grand fashions of 19th century Russia portrayed in Anna Karenina.

Plan your trip with our Biltmore Estate insiders guide - including the latest ticket specials. Admission to Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics is included in your regular house tour ticket. See the spring flower explosion during Biltmore Blooms on March 18-May 25 (read more).

Special Afternoon Teas
The Inn at Biltmore has created a special "Designed for Drama Tea Series" with themed menus, lively entertainment, and imaginative décor. They are held 1-3 PM, $85/person. Reservations required: call 800-411-3812. Dates:

  • Saturday, February 18: Pride and Prejudice
  • Sunday, March 26: Beauty and the Beast
  • Saturday, April 15: Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Saturday, May 13: The Works of William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Past Exhibitions
Check out previous costume exhibitions inside Biltmore House: Dressing Downton in 2015 | Fashionable Romance Wedding Gowns in 2016

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