Costumes of Downton Abbey Exhibition Opens at Winterthur March 2014

Downton Abbey. Series Two.

Downton Abbey fans rejoice! There is a new exhibit coming to North American in 2014 showcasing the opulent costumes from the hit British television series, and it come right at the heels of season three of the show.  The Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit will be on display at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware on March 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015. It will compare and contrast the fictional British world of Downton Abbey with the real-life American counterpart Winterthur in the first half of the 20th century.

For those who’ve never heard of Winterthur, it’s one of the largest historic homes in America founded by renowned antiques collector Henry Francis du Pont in 1881.   It sits on 1000-acres in Delaware with 175 rooms, farmland and gardens. We’d like to think if Lady Mary would have loved it there is she had lived in America.

Forty costumes and accessories worn upstairs and downstairs on the period drama television series will be displayed in Winterthur’s galleries, lent to Winterthur by  Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier to film, television, and theater.

“The first time I looked at the costumes up close, I was amazed at the incredible detail. They are surprisingly ornate. This is going to be one of the most beautiful exhibitions ever held at Winterthur,” said Maggie Lidz, one of the three co-curators of the exhibition who went to London in July to choose the costumes.