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December 2013

Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur Museum

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Edith, Sybil, and Mary, of Downton Abbey. ITV image.

For my friends across the pond in the UK, Downton Abbey‘s series 4 has just come to a close — and I’ve been trying my darndest to avoid all the spoilers floating around online — but here in North America, many of us are just eagerly anticipating the 4th series, which premieres this Sunday night on PBS.

I’m waiting for all my burning questions to be answered this season — who will step in to play father to baby George in the wake of Matthew’s untimely demise? Will Lady Edith’s life remain scandal-free, or will season 4 bring more adventure down her path? What excitement will Rose stir up? What changes will be forced among the servants with the evolution of the 20s? — so I’m particularly delighted for the continuing chapter of this period drama. A fan from the beginning (click here to read my first post related to the show), this is one series that I count a classic.

Lady Edith's wedding dress.

Lady Edith’s wedding dress. ITV image.

Downtown Abbey costume designer Caroline McCall does an incredible job of researching period costumes and drawing inspiration from classic designers for each of the Downton character’s wardrobes. You can imagine then, that the announcement of a Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur Museum in Delaware is a real thrill for North American Downton fans. Featuring some of the most popular costumes from the show (think Lady Edith’s wedding dress, and Lady Mary’s engagement dress), this will mark the first time that any of the Downton designs have been displayed on this side of the Atlantic. And what could be a more fitting place to debut the ‘Costumes of Downton Abbey‘ than Winterthur, which was the childhood home of famed horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont.

Lady Mary's engagement dress

Embroidery detailing on Lady Mary’s engagement dress. Cosprop Ltd., London image.

The Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur will include forty historically-inspired costumes from the show, as well as photos and vignettes from Downton Abbey and the historical era around which the series is based. More than just a Downton exhibit, running parallel at Winterthur will be a series of lectures and workshops about country house life in Britain and the States during the first part of the 20th century.

So, I guess a field trip to Delaware is in order for 2014, yes?

The ‘Costumes of Downton Abbey‘ exhibit runs March 1, 2014-January 4, 2015 at Winterthur Museum in Delaware.


Click here to find out more about Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.

Click here to find out when Downton Abbey series 4 is airing on PBS in your area.



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January 2012

Downton Abbey Season 2

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Rarely do I rave about television shows, however since season 1 of Downton Abbey aired last January on PBS’s Masterpiece Classic, I’ve been hooked! For almost a year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the second season. What better way to spend the bleak winter evenings of January and February then curled up in front of the fire with a cuppa, my family, and this exciting Edwardian epic.

You may remember my musings about the show last January, before it really took off this side of the pond. Julian Fellowes, the genius behind Gosford Park and Vanity Fair, has brought the story of the Crawley family and their servants to life, and I for one, can’t wait to see what happens next.

Last season left off with the declaration of war, as well as several other questions:


  • What will happen between Matthew and Mary, especially if he goes to war?
  • Will O’Brien change her wicked ways now that she’s learned the truth?
  • Will Bates and Anna finally get together?
  • Who will go to war and will stay at Downton?
Will you be watching the second season premiere of Downton Abbey?


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