Costumes worn by Olivia Colman in hit film The Favourite go on display

Costumes from The Favourite on display at Blenheim Palace
Costumes from The Favourite on display at Blenheim Palace

Costumes from Hollywood film The Favourite are on display at Blenheim Palace.

The dresses from the 2018 film, which saw Olivia Colman win an Oscar, are on show as part of a new exhibition celebrating the life of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Created by the renowned British designer Sandy Powell, the costumes’ silhouettes are historically accurate but are made from contemporary fabrics.

She also opted to use mainly black and white within the court to differentiate the courtiers from the outside world.

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In the film, in which Ms Colman portrayed Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz - also an Oscar winner - played Sarah, 1st Duchess of Marlborough, alongside actor and writer Mark Gatiss as the Duke.

Blenheim Palace was built for the Duke as a reward from Queen Anne and a grateful nation for his stunning military successes in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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Sandy Powell has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design 15 times, winning three awards for the films Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004), and The Young Victoria (2009).

She has also received 15 BAFTA Award nominations, winning for Velvet Goldmine, The Young Victoria, and The Favourite in 2018.

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Battlefields & Baroque transports visitors back in time to the Palace of the 1700’s and the exquisite clothing, food, games and music that the Duke and his Duchess would have loved.

The exhibition, which runs until June 19, also features displays of 18th century armour, music and instruments, the recreation of a court feast of the time and a collection of unique maps, documents and artefacts from the Blenheim archive, many of them on public display for the first time.