The costumes from the Downton Abbey TV series have been one of Winterthur's most popular exhibitions. It continues through January 4, 2015, which happens to be when Season 5 begins here. I will admit right up front that I lost interest in the TV series after the second season when PBS started running it past 10:00! But I have kept up with the buzz about it from time to time whenever people have commented about the show on Susan Branch's website. I know that I have several readers of my Blog who love Downton Abbey, so this post is for you.
I hope you will enjoy this brief tour. I did not capture every costume or every sign. There were too many people in the way at the beginning of the exhibit to get good photos, and I neglected to go back later because of my gift shop "adventure" at the end. So, you might enjoy reading these articles by others who have visited the exhibit for more information: Washington Post; Smithsonian; Huffington Post; and this is an interview with Maggie Lidz, one of the three co-curators of the exhibit. Note: To make the photos larger, click on them.
Outside the Museum. . . .
characters. . . .
This dress worn by Cora was particularly lovely in person. . . .
Day dresses for Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Lady Mary. . . .
Matthew's pinstripe suit worn in Season 3. . . .
O'Brien's dress worn in Season 2. . . .
Coats for Cora, Violet, Edith, and Martha. . . .
Lady Sybil's and Lady Mary's dresses at Lady Edith's wedding. . . .
Lady Edith's wedding dress. . . .
Carson, the butler. . . .
This pillow caught my eye in the gift shop, but I didn't buy it because I know my sons and daughters-in-law would not agree with the Dowager Countess of Grantham. . . !
Winterthur Store The article of clothing the stranger bought isn't on-line, however. It was rather nice--was some sort of jacket fashioned after one worn on the show.
Here is another Blogger's wonderful 3-part post with CLOSE-UP photos of the costumes.
Don't miss this video about the exhibit that also shows several rooms inside Winterthur:
Downton Abbey® Costumes Exhibition at Winterthur from Jill Frechie on Vimeo.
Check out this article about life inside the real Downton Abbey.
If you can't make it to Delaware to see the Winterthur exhibit, there's good news. It's coming to Biltmore in Ashville, NC in February 2015!
You may also enjoy this documentary about the life of real British servants: Servants - The True Story of Life Below Stairs