Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Summer Camps at Cheekwood


June 17 – September 17, 2017

One of the most widely watched dramas in the world is touring its wardrobe in an exhibition showcasing 36 period costumes from Downton Abbey® at Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.  The exhibition, produced by Exhibits Development Group in collaboration with NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Films/PBS Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey®, will tour North America through 2017.

Set in the early twentieth century, Dressing Downton™ traces the events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I and ushered in the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age and a new way of life.

The costumes were created for the show’s aristocratic Crawley family and their servants who inhabit the fictional English country estate of Downton Abbey.  The costumes range from country tweeds and riding outfits; servants’ uniforms and footmen’s livery; to lavish evening attire crafted from sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading. Included are the gowns worn when Matthew first comes to Downton; the ostentatious outfits of the flamboyant American, Martha Levinson; military uniforms from World War I; and delicate afternoon dresses worn by the Ladies – Cora, Mary, Edith and Sybil.

The exhibition’s award-winning costumes were created for the British hit drama, Downton Abbey® and were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. Since 1986, when the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded to a Cosprop designer, the company has supplied costumes for 29 nominated films.  In 2011 and 2012, four of the five films nominated for Best Costume Design included costumes from Cosprop.

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