Glorious Giles! Kensington Palace to host glittering Baroque fashion showcase

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Giles Deacon collection

6 October 2014

Celebrated British designer Giles Deacon to present major show of Georgian inspired fashion at Kensington Palace


This October, independent charity Historic Royal Palaces will host a sumptuous high fashion runway show from the archive of master designer Giles Deacon at Kensington Palace, accompanied by millinery by Stephen Jones.

Set in the Palace’s stunning Vanbrugh designed Orangery, Georgian Fashion Remix celebrates the work of British designer Giles Deacon, famed for his bold use of colour and texture, and whose collections have drawn inspiration from some of the hallmarks of 18th century style.

In combination with exquisite pieces from renowned milliner Stephen Jones, the show is a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures of Giles’s own archive, and will highlight the surprising and sometimes subtle ways that historic references are woven into current collections; from cut and construction, right through to decoration and embellishment. With dense florals, sumptuous lace and graphic prints a staple of fashionable wardrobes across the land, discover the contemporary relevance of Georgian style rendered across elaborate corsetry, extravagant silhouettes and structured tailoring. Giles’s deft ability to reinterpret historic references has become a stand-out feature of his style - from the striking pannier-style silhouettes of his AW07 collection to AW12’s extraordinary platinum brocaded gowns – and has won plaudits from both the fashion world and the style conscious right around the world. Now, for one night only, Historic Royal Palaces is offering style enthusiasts a front row seat for this truly unique show in one of London’s most glamorous settings.

The show forms part of ‘Glorious Georges’, an extraordinary year of exhibitions, events and activities taking place at Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace to mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian ascension to the throne.

Deirdre Murphy, Collections Curator at Kensington Palace said:
'Kensington Palace has a rich fashion history, with its lavishly decorated apartments playing host to some of London’s most fashionable people.  From the opulence of the early Georgian monarchs and their richly brocaded courtiers through to the young Queen Victoria and the high glamour of HRH Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales, the palace has become synonymous with style – and we’re delighted to be able to continue that story with Georgian Fashion Remix.'

Designer Giles Deacon said:
'I am thrilled to have this opportunity to show a retrospective of my designs which have been inspired by many aspects of the Georgian era. To have them presented in the Orangery at Kensington Palace, in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, will make for a very special evening!'

To discover more royal fashion right where it happened, just step inside!  Kensington Palace is home to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, a world class collection of over 15,000 items of royal and court fashion from the 17th century to the present day, with a rotating selection of treasures, including dresses worn by a newly married Queen Victoria and important pieces from the collection of Diana, Princess of Wales, on display. The Palace is open to visitors seven days a week throughout the year.

Notes to editors

For more information about the Georgian Fashion Remix or the Glorious Georges season at Kensington Palace, please contact Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: or 020 3166 6307.

Giles Deacon graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins in 1992, embarking on a career that would take him from Jean Charles De Castelbajac to Bottega Veneta and the Gucci Group in just 6 years. Giles has worked as Creative Director at FAY, an Italian luxury outerwear brand part of the Tods Group, and was invited to be Creative Director at Emanuel Ungaro from 2010- 2011. Giles has also been involved in an on-going consultancy with New Look to design New Look Gold for the high street retailer since 2004.  

Giles has won an array of fashion’s most coveted awards, starting in 2004 with “Best New Designer” at the British Fashion Awards. This was followed by winning the Elle ‘Best New Designer’ award in February 2005. In 2006 Giles won “British Designer of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards and in 2009 Giles won Fashion Designer of the year at the GQ Awards. In spring 2009 Giles also won the prestigious ANDAM award and showcased his Spring/Summer 2010 collection during October’s Paris Fashion Week; this led to Giles showing Pre Fall 2010 in Florence. In April 2012 Giles was awarded Fashion Designer of the Year by The World Fashion Channel in Moscow.  

Since its launch in 2003, the GILES collection continues to be bought by some of the most prestigious stores in the world, including Matches, Dover Street Market, Avenue 32, Harvey Nichols, Jofre, Moda Operandi and Savannah. He has a strong following amongst celebrities and regularly dresses Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Kristen Scott Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, Daphne Guinness, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Carey Mulligan.

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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. 

We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.

Registered charity number 1068852

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