At Last, the Downton Abbey Post, Part 2

Ready for more beautiful dresses?  Here are more of the costumes from Downton Abbey on exhibit at Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware.

Some of the dresses used vintage materials, like on the bodice of the infamous harem pants Sybil wore.

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Rose’s whole dress is vintage and has quite a story.

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The beading on the front of this dress was so heavy and Michelle Dockery, the actress who plays Mary, is so tiny that she could barely stand up straight!

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These are just some dresses I liked. It almost seems like a waste to spend so much time on details that viewers won’t even notice, but the Downton Abbey people feel that wearing authentic costumes helps the actors do a better job of portraying the characters.

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The people at Winterthur told us that this is the only place the exhibit will be shown in the US. If you’re a Downton Abbey fan in the mid-Atlantic area, I recommend making the trip. The costumes will be there until January 4, the day before Season 5 starts. You can, and should, get your tickets ahead of time here so you don’t have to worry about it being sold out.

Before we left Winterthur, we took a look at the exhibit of soup tureens, which was sponsored by, you guessed it, Campbell’s soup. Yes, you heard right: soup tureens. Stay tuned!

At Last, the Downton Abbey Post, Part 1

In September, I went with my mom and aunt to Winterthur to see the exhibit of Downton Abbey costumes. We spent a couple hours wandering through the exhibit, admiring the beautiful costumes and reading about Winterthur in the same period. There were costumes for everyone from the staff

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to the Crawley sisters

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to the Dowager Countess.

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The detail on the clothes was amazing! This is Edith’s wedding gown. Just look at the beading on the train.

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Mrs. Levinson’s dress had even more exquisite beadwork.

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There are a lot of images in this post, so I’m going to continue it tomorrow. See you then!