March 1, 2014–January 4, 2015.
Most fall into the late 1910s and early 1920s and so will delight those who love–as I do–the Roaring Twenties. I learned about this upcoming exhibit when I was in Delaware a few weeks ago as a guest of a museum conference held in Historic Odessa. Representatives from many museums in the state attended, and the ones from Winterthur were excited to be hosting this 2014 exhibit. If you live within striking distance of Winterthur, you may want to plan a trip for 2014 to see this special array of early 20th-century clothing styles.
“Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 40 historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. In addition, Winterthur will host a wide range of lectures, workshops, and exciting events for adults and families focusing on entertaining and country house life in Britain and the United States.
A co-production of Carnival Films and Masterpiece, Downton Abbey depicts life in an aristocratic household of the fictional Earl and Countess of Grantham and is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed period dramas ever produced. It has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries and seven Emmys including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was the most watched television series in both the UK and the U.S. and became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial Brideshead Revisited. By the third series, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world. The Guinness World Records recognized Downton Abbey as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011.”