Young fashion designers, and Lady Gaga, join the nobles at Wolterton Hall costume fair

Under the painted gaze of frock-coated, wig-wearing lords, new fashions strutted around a stately home's saloon to the booming sounds of pop 'noble' Lady Gaga.

The mixture of ancient and modern was part of the annual costume and textile fair at Wolterton Hall near Aylsham.

Students from the City of Norwich and Aylsham high schools took turns over the weekend to showcase their fashion design skills on a catwalk under the chandeliers, tapestries and portraits of the Walpole family's 18th century mansion.

The current Lady Walpole said a lot of young people were interested in fashion and textiles and current clothing often harked back to earlier eras which were considered to be more romantic.

CNS sixth form student Eva Hall, 18, from Earlham, said she was not particularly keen on the Victorian styles, but was inspired by the 1930-50s era where the fashions were sophisticated.

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The fair also hosted stalls including vintage clothing, embroidery, and knitting.

Proceeds from the event help conserve costumes at museums, including the new Rumsey Wells hatmakers display at the Bridewell in Norwich.

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Charity stalls also boosted the funds of the Norwich and Norfolk Association for the Blind which provides activities, support and equipment to help 20,000 people with sight difficulties.

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