Portfolio Update: Bespoke Uniform for Chatsworth House
hosen several times as Britain's favourite country house, Chatsworth House has been welcoming guests from across the world since the Cavendish family acquired the estate in 1549. In collaboration with the Duchess of Devonshire, matriarch of the family, Studio 104 were commissioned to create a bespoke uniform collection for Chatsworth’s guide and ticketing team.
Our brief was to create a collection that carefully captures the rich history of the estate while respecting its unique heritage. Working with the duchess, the team have crafted a practical yet stylish uniform that references the best of classic British tailoring combined with a refreshing and subtle edge to each garment.
The colour palette proposed and selected took inspiration from the elegant ‘Buff’ shade found in Chatsworth’s historical day livery - a colour reflected in the masonry of the house itself, and ‘Garter Blue’, a notable colour taken from the Cavendish family’s personal history.
The house is celebrated for its great collections of significant textiles, therefore the Studio 104 team were privileged to work closely with their archivist and textiles department to develop the fabrics across the new uniform range.
The fabric lining used across the jackets, waistcoats and neck ties was a key focus. Working with a distinct twill weave, the fabric was made in British mills and featured a recognisable serpent and crown motif. The motif descends from the Cavendish family crest, visible throughout the house and grounds, and was incorporated into the uniform’s bespoke silver hardware along with the woven fabrics used in the linings and neck scarves.
For the final stages of the garment development it was a huge privilege to host the duchess at the company studio and showcase the uniforms on our fit models. Seeing the joy of our collaboration come to life on the faces of the duchess and her team, was a fantastic moment that we will never forget.
Overall the aim for Chatsworth House’s new uniform collection has been to reflect the majesty and opulence of its architecture and surroundings through texture, cut, trims, quality and design detail. To discover more Studio 104's bespoke projects head to our portfolio page and our detailed process, from uniform concept to manufacture and delivery, head to our process page.
Written by Stephen - Brand & Marketing Manager
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