The glittering world of the Georgian court is set to meet the high glamour of the modern day red carpet in a new exhibition at Kensington Palace next spring. Crown to Couture will see contemporary couture worn by high profile celebrities, including Lady Gaga, displayed alongside historic costumes worn by members of the Royal Court in the 18th century.

Set to be the largest exhibition ever staged at the Palace, more than 200 fascinating objects will be on display across the glittering State Apartments. Polly Putnam, curator at Historic Royal Palaces, says: “Just as the designers of today dress celebrity royalty for important public events, Kensington Palace was home to the original red carpet of the Georgian court. Crown to Couture will demonstrate the similarities in the fashion rules set out by high society designers, drawing comparisons between the present day and the 18th century, when the Palace was at its most exciting as well as being politically and culturally important.”

Crown to Couture opens to the public on 5 April 2023 and is included in Palace admission. Historic Royal Palaces is grateful to its sponsors, Garrard and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, for their generous donations which have enabled the exhibition to take place. Visit

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