Strictly Come Dancing sparkle arrives in LBO land

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Woburn Abbey is to showcase dresses worn by celebrities and professional dancers on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing 2014 series.

The new exhibition entitled Strictly Dresses: Woburn Abbey, will feature the largest and most comprehensive public display of dresses from the show, and opens to the public on August 15.

Woburn’s Long Gallery will provide the backdrop for this glittering display which will be viewable until Sunday, November 1.

Visitors will have the chance to view 16 of the dresses from last year’s show, designed by Strictly Come Dancing’s current dress supplier since 2009, Dancesport International (DSI).

Vicky Gill, Strictly Come Dancing’s current costume designer from DSI said: “The Abbey is a truly wonderful setting to house the 2014 collection of Strictly dresses and I hope the visitors will revel in seeing the dresses up close in the exhibition.

“I’ve been working on designing the Strictly dresses since the second series in 2005, and it never tires. It involves a lot of hard work from both teams at DSI and the BBC but it’s all worth the effort as we begin to prepare for yet another series of fun, fantasy and glamour.”

The line-up of fabulous frocks from the popular TV show includes the Charleston outfit worn by 2014 winner and Glitterball trophy holder Caroline Flack, the first celebrity to ever score perfect 10s by the judges for her final three dances.

Other celebrity outfits worn by Pixie Lott, Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray and Sunetra Sarker will add further sparkle amongst the dresses worn by Strictly professionals Ola Jordan, Natalie Lowe, Kristina Rihanoff, Karen Hauer, Joanne Clifton and Janette Manara.

Visitors are invited to see up close the intricacies and detailed designs of these works of art.

Chris Gravett, curator of Woburn Abbey, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this popular exhibition of ‘Strictly’ dresses once again.

“It is a wonderful celebration of fantastic costumes combined with breath-taking art and architecture in historic surroundings. We hope visitors will score the display a 10!”

For more details see http://www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/exhibitions/strictly-dresseswoburn-abbey