Biltmore House Party Clothing Exhibition 2019

Biltmore House 2019 Clothing Exhibition

February 8-May 27, 2019
See Biltmore's fifth annual elaborate clothing exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age, displayed throughout the grand rooms inside Biltmore House! You'll imagine yourself as a cherished guest at one of George and Edith Vanderbilt's grand turn-of-the-century house parties. Through audio storytelling and elegant clothing meticulously recreated from archival Vanderbilt photos, hear and see fascinating stories of how they entertained their guests. They definitely knew how to do it in style! (Photos from our preview tour on Feb 7th)

Biltmore House Library Clothing

Oscar-winning costume designer John Bright created the clothing with inspiration from archival photographs and portraits in Biltmore’s collection. Biltmore has partnered with Bright and his London-based company Cosprop for all of its costume exhibitions, including “Dressing Downton,” which featured Bright’s creations for the wildly popular series “Downton Abbey.”

Biltmore House Clothing Exhibit

Each piece will be displayed in locations of Biltmore House where it was originally worn, paired with the photograph from the Vanderbilt archives that inspired it. Bright has received 12 Academy Award nominations and a win for Best Costume Design in 1985 for “A Room with a View.”

Biltmore House Clothing Exhibition

To create the reproductions, designers used photos like this one with George Vanderbilt, left, with niece Adele Burden and her husband, Jay Burden, June 1895.

Biltmore Banquet Hall Table

A new audio-guided tour (free with all online ticket purchases) uses 360-degree sound techniques. The narration is based on those who lived and worked in Biltmore House, and features a butler recounting the leisurely days and glamorous evenings the Vanderbilts’ guests enjoyed. Listen in on staff as they work to prepare a grand multi-course dinner; as an opera singer rehearses before her evening performance; and as servants set an elaborate table in the Banquet Hall with family china, silver and crystal. Wow! Check out that table!

Biltmore Clothing Exhibition

As usual, the Biltmore floral design team created spectacular floral displays to highlight this extra festive party exhibition. 

Tickets & Specials

  • Buy tickets on Biltmore's web site at least 7 days in advance and save $10 (exhibition included in regular estate ticket). Admission is $50-$85/person, depending on the date. The lowest ticket prices are midweek in February. Pay more on weekends and holidays. Youth tickets ages 10-16 are 50%. Children 9 & under admitted free.
  • Get a free audio tour for “A Vanderbilt House Party” for your house tour on February 8-May 27 when you purchase your ticket on Biltmore Estate web site.

Tip: Valentine's Weekend will be very busy! So buy tickets and make hotel reservations well in advance.

More: Plan your trip with our Biltmore Estate insiders guide - including the latest ticket specials. Winter is a great time to visit the estate. Read more about Biltmore visits in February & March. In April and May, Biltmore Blooms features plenty of spring beauty in the gardens.

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Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
April 01, 2019 to May 23, 2019
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