Hopefully my long hiatus hasn’t discouraged anyone. I’ve had personal issues these past two years that I hope to chat about one day. I’d like to start anew with you, if I may. This post is long overdue, as the exhibit took place last year! However, the Dressing Downton exhibit at the Muzeo
in Orange County delighted the eye and I couldn’t not post some of the lovely pictures I took for your enjoyment. Given the Downton Abbey
film adaptation was announced this summer, perhaps this post will serve as a bit of a respite till we can again gaze on the Crawley wardrobes.
As a devoted Downton Abbey
and period costuming fan, this exhibit was a treat. Showcasing costumes from between 1912 and the early 1920s, the Dressing Downton display highlighted attire from upstairs to down. All of the lovely details displayed, up close for attendees, the attention to detail exhibited. While some of the costumes were original, others were modern creations utilizing vintage fabrics. All were exquisite, with most coming from the London costume house, Cosprop. The fascinating movement over the course of a decade illustrated how dress changed and adapted to the time.
From the Countess of Grantham’s 1913 silk day dress and picture hat, to Lady Edith’s 1920 coat, the day wear exhibited all of the gorgeous attention to craftsmanship the show was known for.
With silk, sequins and rhinestones displayed to perfection, the evening wear focused my attention. My favorite gown was Cora Crawley’s court dress. The gown, worn to Lady Rose’s presentation at court, dazzled. Lady Edith’s peach chiffon 1920s evening gown with hip detail appeared a couple of times on the show. Several of Lady Mary’s evening gowns were on display as well.
After the exhibit, I had to take tea the museum offered in a pop-up tea parlour, so I could imagine myself as a Crawley, if only for a little while. Ta ta.