ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Biltmore has been a location for weddings and romantic getaways since George and Edith Vanderbilt married in 1898. To celebrate this history, the estate will host "Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film," a costume exhibition of wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures. The exhibition opens on Feb. 12, 2016, and will run through July 4, 2016.
Biltmore will share mementos from Vanderbilt and Cecil family weddings and special occasions in a new exhibit at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village.
Costumes in Biltmore House
Displayed throughout Biltmore House, the award-winning costumes span 300 years of wedding fashion from films set in the years 1645 to 1935. The exhibition features 19 classic films, including the iconic Jane Austen romances of "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," and "Pride and Prejudice." For each costume display, Biltmore's renowned floral design team will create elaborate arrangements complementing each film's era.
Vanderbilt and Cecil Family Memories at Legacy
The exhibition will also feature stories of Vanderbilt and Cecil Family weddings, along with the first-ever display of the wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan Cecil and her cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy. Mrs. Cecil is married to William A.V. Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt.
To recognize the artistry of costume design, renowned costumiers Cosprop, Ltd., London will recreate the wedding gown worn by Cornelia Vanderbilt in her marriage to John Cecil in 1924. The gown will be on display.
Admission to "Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film" will be included in the general ticket price. For more information about Biltmore, visit Biltmore.com/events.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America's largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family's original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company's licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.