Dressing the Abbey weaves popular culture, fashion and history in an exhibition borrowed from the wardrobe of the hit television drama - one of the most widely watched in the world.
Be transported to the early 20th century and relive your favorite memories and nostalgia of the costumes of Downton Abbey™. The original award-winning costumes in the exhibition were designed by England's leading costumier, John Bright, for the British-American television series. Produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd, the beautiful costumes have been worn by leading actors on the motion picture set of the eponymous fictional English country estate. The series explores the lives of its aristocratic inhabitants and their servants - together with the latest fashion trends and turbulent times following the epic sinking of the Titanic.
Through 35 bespoke costumes made for the characters, the exhibition presents a fashion history of the period surrounding World War I, a period that changed the social fabric of Great Britain. A fine selection from the series' wardrobe and accessories reflects on the changing times through fashion from 1912 to the mid-1920s, ranging 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.