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Biltmore House Exhibit Will Highlight Classic Movie Costumes

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — More than 40 elaborate costumes from 13 recent movies based on classic books will be on display at Biltmore House from February 10 through July 4, 2017.

“Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” will include a costume worn by Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes” and Nicole Kidman’s Isabel Archer costume from “The Portrait of a Lady.” Other films include “Finding Neverland,” “Anna Karenina” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

The film fashions will be displayed along with the original books from George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library that served as cinematic inspiration.

Vanderbilt began to read at a young age and at age 12, he started keeping a record of books read, numbered consecutively, including the title and author of each work completed. These journals log 38 years and 3,159 books, and will be on display during this exhibition.