The ostentatious parties, glittering garments and outrageous behaviour of an opulent aristocratic family are being summoned to life at Seaton Delaval Hall.
Stories surrounding the party-loving Delaval family are being retold using a selection of dramatic, Georgian-inspired costumes.
Created by North East designer Paul Shriek - with help from various community groups - the costumes are part of an indulgent dressing-up box for use by visitors to Seaton Delaval Hall.
Shriek, who used to design for Topshop, has given the traditional Georgian designs a 21st century twist, using modern colours and materials such as lycra and leather.
Bringing to life the family's past, visitors can wear the colourful costumes while discovering the secrets of the Delaval's equally colourful lives.
Newcastle College, Walbottle High School, and a community group from Astley were involved in creating the collection.
They used traditional craft skills including embroidery, knitting, quilting and proggy matting - the sewing together of rags.
The dressing-up box is part of a National Trust initiative to help visitors discover more about the inhabitants of the Baroque villa.
Before the costumes will be available to the public they will be showcased in two catwalk shows at Seaton Delaval Hall on August 25, 2011.
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