They don’t call it a costume drama for nothing. PBS’s hit “Downton Abbey” is a pleasure in part because of its lush period details, including the beautiful clothing in which Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), Lord Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and company conduct their intrigue-filled days and evenings. The costuming for the show, selected by the British company Cosprop, is the center of an upcoming exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE set to open on March 1st.
40 costumes from the series will be displayed, included outfits worn by both the Crawleys and their staff, organized by time of day. The Winterthur Museum is situated in the estate that’s the former home of Henry Francis du Pont, and the exhibition will compare life for the fictional “Downton” characters with the experiences of du Pont and his friends and family during the same era.
Here’s a look at some of the costumes that will be highlighted in the exhibit, which runs through January 4th.