Costumes from the popular television show,
Downton Abbey
were on exhibit at the Winterthur

Summer dress, Edwardian, for lady Sybil Crowley,
played by Jessica Brown Friday.
Worn in Season One (1912-1914)
 Summer dress and hat for
Lady Mary Crawle, played by Michele Dockery.
 Worn in Season One (1912-1914)

Description is from the Winterthur website.
Below is a description and a close up of the fabric.

Museum from March 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The museum is located on one of the DuPont estates. The estate is located at 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, DE 19735, an easy drive south down Route 1 from the Philadelphia area.

I understood from the museum guides that the  the Winterthur Museum was the only location in the USA where the clothing was displayed.

According to Winterthur’s website, “Costumes of Downton Abbey” was an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show were displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur so visitors had the 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.

The costumes were lent by Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier to film, television, and theater. Winterthur’s most popular exhibition, Fashion in Film, which attracted more than 42,000 people over its three-month run, also featured costumes by Cosprop.” 
The description and close up of Sybil’s summer dress.

Below is the description and a close up of the work on this dress, .
Description and close up of the dress shown above this description. Throughout the exhibit descriptions with photos of the clothing were placed by the actual clothing. There were no barriers. One could have easily reached out and touched any of the clothing on display, although no one did. 
In this picture Lady Mary holds her new niece, Baby Sybil. The dress she is wearing is shown below.
Lady Mary’s dress,. Lady Mary is shown wearing the dress in the picture directly above.

Here is considerable information about ties. The attention to clothing detail in this show is truly amazing.
The tie, close up. On the left is a picture I took of the
actual suit and tie. On the right is a pscture and description that was with the outfit in th exhibit.

A few words about corsets

More about corsets
Will post more Downton Abby pictures from the exhibit in the next post.


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All material on this blog is copyrighted by and is the exclusive right of Laurel Hoffmann with the exception of material copied from the Winterthur website, as is noted on this post.

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  • Edenfantasys
    June 5, 2019 7:19 am

    This exhibit was chosen to follow last year’s blockbuster “Costumes of Downton Abbey” because the museum hopes to strike a balance between exhibits that have mass appeal, as the Downton one did, and exhibits that feature collections that Winterthur is known for, such as its Pennsylvania Dutch pieces.


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