Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times | ITSLIQUID

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Fashion | May 18, 2016 |

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Image courtesy of Driehaus Museum

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The exhibition offers an immersive new perspective on the show’s most memorable characters, both upstairs and down, while chronicling the great changes taking place in Britain during that century.

 

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Image courtesy of Driehaus Museum

 

The costumes are presented in an immersive context, surrounded by the lavish interiors of the Driehaus Museum – once the drawing rooms, living rooms, libraries, and bedrooms of the affluent Nickerson and Fisher families of Chicago. The stories of the Fishers in particular, an urban family of new industry wealth who lived in the house from 1901 to 1914, create a fascinating contrast to the British aristocratic lifestyle of the Crawley family in the countryside.

 

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Image courtesy of Driehaus Museum

 

Downton Abbey introduces us to the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who inhabit the fictional country estate of Downton Abbey in 1912. We then follow them through events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I and ushered in the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and a new way of life. Lord and Lady Grantham; their daughters Mary, Edith, and Sibyl; the retinue of servants in their employ; and suitors, relatives, and neighbors represent the full spectrum of life during this period as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly transforming world.

 

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Image courtesy of Driehaus Museum

 

Much of their time and attention are taken up with their wardrobe, and their clothing reflects the changing times. From country tweeds to footmen’s livery, lavish evening attire, and daring Bohemian fashions, the fashions of Downton Abbey illuminate a world torn between tradition and progress. The award-winning costumes are produced by renowned London costume house Cosprop Ltd. Many use original fabrics and embellishments from the early 20th century, while others are re-created from old photographs, paintings, patterns, and magazine pictures. 

 

Driehaus Museum, Chicago
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Until May 29, 2016

 

more. dressingdownton.com

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


PREMIERE CLASSE welcomes IMPACT

Fashion | February 21, 2020

The room is stark, empty, nearly spotless. The initial astonishment gradually gives way to reflection and conjecture. The eye wanders. Read more


Bags: Inside Out

Fashion | February 19, 2020

On 25 April 2020, the V&A will open Bags: Inside Out, the UK's most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the ultimate accessory. From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition will explore our longstanding fascination with the bag. Featuring innovative designs from Mulberry to Karl Lagerfeld, statement handbags worn by Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Jessica Parker, the heritage of Hermès to the streetwear of Off-White, and an exclusive look inside the world of the factory and atelier; Bags: Inside Out provides an unprecedented look at this global obsession. Read more


Beautiful Lace & Carine Gilson

Fashion | February 16, 2020

The delicateness of the lace, the lightness of the silk, the finesse of the motifs and the expert couture: the Fashion & Lace Museum invites visitors to discover the sensual, sophisticated world of Carine Gilson and also offers a historic dialogue with lace through symbolic pieces from the incomparable collection of the Museums of the City of Brussels. Read more


AFTERSOCKS

Fashion | February 15, 2020

You might have seen the Aftersocks on social media or on the TV; they're the innovative socks with a "barely-there" sole that have got everyone talking. Since launching in August, the company's founders have been rushed off their feet. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!