Saturday, December 27, 2014

Aloha to the Winterthur Museum and Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit

For Christmas, I gave my mother tickets to the Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit at the Winterthur Museum.   From its website (link),

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 40 historically inspired costumes from the television show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Above is Highclere Castle, the film location for Downton Abbey.

Anna's housemaid costume

Summer dresses for Lady Sybil and Lady Mary

 Matthew's suit

Bates' apron

O'Brien's uniform

Hunting tweeds

 Ladies' dresses for church

Ladies' coats

Dresses for Lady Edith's wedding

including Lady Sybil's bridesmaid dress

Lady Mary's bridesmaid dress

Edith's wedding dress

How about afternoon tea?

Mrs. Patmore's kitchen

The girls admiring new fashion 

including harem pants

The Dowager Countess' dress (right) 

Carson's uniform

The night Matthew proposed to Mary

 The exhibit includes quotes from the series.

Cora:  Nobody warns you about bringing up daughters.
You think it's going to be like 
Liltte Women but instead 
they're at each other's throats from dawn 'til dusk.

Perhaps the girls fought over jewelry.

Lady Rose's dress

The three matrons - Mrs. Crawley, the Dowager Countess,
and Mrs. Levinson.  Their dresses were "normal" sizes 
while the younger actresses were exceptionally thin.

I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Downton Abbey - do you have a favorite character?  If not a fan of Downton Abbey, do you have a favorite costume from the exhibit?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, January 3, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 4, at SOS Aloha.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Souvenirs available in the museum shop


  1. Lady Rose's dress is just gorgeous, I am really enjoying the photos. I do watch whenever I can.

  2. I love Downton Abbey, and have watched it from the beginning. I can't wait for it to start up again in January. I must say that the dresses look much better on, than they do off. Thank you for sharing such lovely pictures with us.

  3. I like Anna and Bates and I remember when Sybil wore those harem pants.

  4. I do not watch the show but I do like the dresses.

  5. One of my goals for the new year is to finally watch Downtown Abbey. But I do like the flapper dresses :)

  6. Love watching Downton! Especially the Dowager Countess and Carson!

  7. Likedkk sybil , Mary is great

  8. Huge fan of DA and I wish Lady Edith would get her HEA...

  9. It's not something I've watched but I like the exhibit dress of the night Matthew proposed to Mary.