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Ottoline Morell hats on display at Blenheim Palace

The Fashion Museum is lending a selection of hats worn by Lady Ottoline Morrell, a key figure in the arts in Britain in the early 20th century, to Blenheim Palace for the Let's Misbehave – The 1920s at Blenheim Palace exhibition.

28 January 2020

The exhibition will give an insight into the heady world of the upper classes at a time of great social, artistic and political change, and will feature costumed characters, entertainment, vintage cars, music and more.

Ottoline was a six-foot-tall, flame-haired English aristocrat on the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group. Often remarked for her flamboyant and extraordinary sense of dress, she was well known in her day for her intense friendships with artist Augustus John and philosopher Bertrand Russell among others.

The Ottoline Morrell Collection is one of the gems of the Fashion Museum collection, and includes more than 600 pieces from her personal wardrobe as well as lengths of textiles and lace that she collected during her travels in Europe and the near East.

Lady Ottoline’s Russian boots will feature in the forthcoming Shoephoria! display at the Fashion Museum from 28 March.

Let's Misbehave – The 1920s at Blenheim Palace runs from 15 February to 13 April.