February 10-July 4, 2017
The third big costume exhibition, Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics, is coming to Biltmore House! This time, Biltmore will be celebrating a collection of classic literary works and the popular movies that brought them to life. The featured Hollywood costumes are inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library. More than 40 elaborate costumes from recent films will be displayed in Biltmore House, including a costume worn by Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes.” See costumes worn by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Alicia Vikander in “Anna Karenina” (photo at top ©2012 Universal Pictures Limited).
The amazing period costumes will be displayed 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. He also kept a journal of his completed books at age 12 (in 1874). See the "Books I Have Read" journal that covers 38 years and includes 3,159 books, will be on display. Above is a page from George Vanderbilt’s journal.
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 costume worn by Nicole Kidman in “The Portrait of a Lady.” ©1996 Universal Pictures Limited