One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey®, has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling English country estate, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, all fittingly dressed for the period.
Through 36 dazzling costumes, as well as accessories and film stills, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times explores British fashion between 1912 and the early 1920s, a period of great change bookended by the sinking of the Titanic and the dawn of the Jazz Age. World War I (1914–1918) had a lasting effect on people’s lives and on what they wore. The exhibition shows the progression of women’s fashion, from figure-altering corsets and bustles to straighter profiles and shorter skirts. For men, the de rigueur white tie and tails for dinner gave way to the more relaxed dinner jacket with black tie.
On Downton Abbey®, as in history, clothing reveals important information about evolving social and economic classes. Many of the costumes use original fabrics and embellishments from the early 20th century, while others were recreated from old photographs, paintings, patterns, and magazine pictures.
Follow your favorite characters, both upstairs and down; walk through a costume chronicle of the period; and feast your eyes on stunning costumes and glittering jewelry.
Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2016 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. All Rights Reserved.
Film still images ©Carnival Films