The dressing room in the 18th century was quite the hive of fragrant activity, where well-heeled women would receive friends and guests while beautifying themselves. Even spiritual advisors were welcomed into the lair by some soul-seeking mavens.
In some ways, this glamorous space has come full circle. While there might be less gossiping and, presumably, religious enlightenment, the dressing room has once again become something of a centre point to the house. This time around it means museum-worthy display cabinets for a showstopping collection of rare handbags, temperature-controlled and moth-proofed wardrobes and mannequins displaying the week’s outfits ordered by a personal stylist.