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Preparing for a new exhibition

Posted on 12/02/2015 by Jean Sexton Comments(7)

The Biltmore Legacy will be closed January 4 - February 11, 2016 to prepare for a new exhibition in conjunction with our Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film exhibition that will be displayed throughout Biltmore House February 12 - July 4.

While the costumes on display in Biltmore House will showcase changing styles in wedding fashions for more than 300 years, from the 1700s through the 1930s, as captured in classic feature films such as Sense and Sensibility and The Duchess, the exhibition at The Biltmore Legacy will feature 60 years of Vanderbilt family wedding fashion including Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil’s 1924 wedding gown and veil re-created by noted costume designers Cosprop, Ltd. of London

Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy on their wedding day; photo credit: Toni Frissell. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, guests visiting The Biltmore Legacy will have an opportunity to view the first-ever display of the Lee family veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan for her marriage to George Vanderbilt’s grandson, William A.V. Cecil, and also by her first cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier for her marriage to future U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  

In both Biltmore House and The Biltmore Legacy, the exhibition will be complemented by gorgeous floral arrangements carefully researched and inspired by the wedding customs of the time period in which the film or the authentic story was set.

In the Tapestry Gallery, for example, three fresh arrangements on pedestals will provide a beautiful backdrop for costume groupings from Wallis and Edward and several other films. In the first arrangement, the floral creation of blue delphinium and lilacs with white roses, hydrangeas, and lilies is a reproduction of the piece designed for the real 1937 wedding of Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor.

For The Biltmore Legacy, our floral staff reproduced Mrs. William Cecil's bouquet of white roses and stephanotis in silk to accompany her classic 1950s wedding gown that will be on display along with her family veil.

We hope you will join us beginning February 12 to enjoy learning more about wedding fashion as well as the Vanderbilt family.

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Posted on 01/28/2016 By Cornelia P

I think the family wedding exhibit at Biltmore Legacy is even more exciting than the film costumes in Biltmore House! It will be a highlight of the 'Tea & Flowers & Costumes' event I'm planning at Biltmore in April. Thank you so much for making these family connections come alive!

Posted on 01/12/2016 By Kay M

I am excited to bring my 11 year old grandaughter to Biltmore House for her fifth visit in a year . She loves Biktmore House and wants to work there when she grows up.

Posted on 01/12/2016 By Ruth W

I am so looking forward to seeing this. Can't wait !!!!

Posted on 01/08/2016 By Shirley M

I did not know that Mary Ryan and Jacqueline Bouvier were first cousins. Also, both went to Vassar College…..

Posted on 01/08/2016 By Teresa D

I have a nine year old daughter and we are so excited about the up coming "Wedding Gowns in Film" Exhibit. We plan on making our visit a full day. My daughter loves visiting the Biltmore Estate. We are making wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing your history and helping to create ours.

Posted on 01/07/2016 By Carol E

I am so looking forward to see this exhibit and learning the history behind each one of them, especially those of the Vanderbilt family. What a wonderful idea to showcase these wedding gowns!

Posted on 12/27/2015 By Marnie W

I am very excited about the new exhibit. The fashion history of wedding gowns will come to life at the Biltmore. Thank you for bringing this unique exhibition to the Biltmore. I plan to visit several times.

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