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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Stella exhibit lights up showcase
Light Hores at Belsay Hall
Stella McCartney's crystal chandelier in the form of a leaping horse
Exhibits created by some of the world's most famous designers are going on display at an historic building.

Designers including Stella McCartney, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen have created instalments to go on display at Belsay Hall, in Northumberland.

The Fashion at Belsay show opens on Saturday and was organised by English Heritage, which runs the hall.

Others who have created exhibits include Zandra Rhodes and lingerie specialists Agent Provacateur.

The exhibits will be displayed in the 14th Century castle and its Grade I listed grounds.

The idea behind it was to give the fashion designers the chance to spread their wings into contemporary art.

'Exceptional space'

Ms McCartney's design is a chandelier made up of 3,000 crystal spheres in the form of a leaping horse, which is suspended from the rafters of the Great Hall.

Alexander McQueen's contribution is some of his latest designs and Paul Smith has made a set of chairs.

Other designers featured are Clements Ribeiro, Hamish Morrow and there will be three dresses created by the late Jean Muir.

English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said: "Belsay Hall is one of English Heritage's most spectacular and extraordinary properties.

"The vast stark splendour of its Greek revival facade and empty atmospheric interiors provide an exceptional space in which to do something quite different with the presentation of an historic monument.

"It is a place where old and new styles have long collided and Fashion at Belsay proves that spirit is as strong as ever."

The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council England North East, The Northern Rock Foundation, Grainger Trust plc and the Northumberland Strategic Partnership and runs until October.





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