Dressing Downton—Close-up Look at Fashions from the Popular PBS Drama

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group

Dressing Downton—Close-up Look at Fashions from the Popular PBS Drama

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Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group

Combine an award-winning drama, spectacular costumes, and an appreciation of all things made with needle and thread and you’re sure to enjoy watching my three interviews on Dressing Downton. Laura Fiser, curator of The Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh, WI, joins me as we showcase costumes from the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey®.

Dressing Downton, Paine Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog

Daywear at the Abbey

The first interview centers on daywear at the abbey. If you’re a faithful viewer of this popular series, these fashions are iconic to the series. Watch the interview online.

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo ©Carnival Films/Masterpiece

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group

Dressing Like an Aristocrat

If you’re a Downton Abbey® fan, you may watch the series for more than the drama. Get a close-up look at some of the stunning evening wear worn during the first three series of the Masterpiece drama. I know you’ll enjoy watching this fascinating segment. 

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group

Activewear for the Gentry

Activewear had a totally different meaning in the 1920s, especially if you were an aristocrat living in Highclere Castle, a fantastical country estate, Downton Abbey® as seen in the US on Public TV. Highlights include riding, hunting, and farming costumes. Click to watch my interview with curator Laura Fiser.

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo ©Carnival Films/Masterpiece

Watch all three of my interviews with curator Laura Fiser online.

Simply click on the highlighted titles.

Dressing Downton Traveling Exhibit

  • Now through September 20, 2015: The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, WI
  • October 15, 2015—January 10, 2016: Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA
  • February 11, 2016—May 8, 2016: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, IL
  • July 1, 2016—September 25, 2016: Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
  • October 13, 2016—January 8, 2017: Northern Indiana Center for History, South Bend, IN

The exhibition credit is:
Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2015 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. Carnival logo ©2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

The Film still credit is:
©Carnival Films/Masterpiece

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7 Comments

  • Berenice
    September 5, 2015

    On of my favorite episodes is the one that introduces the sewing machine! Everyone’s different reactions were humorous!

  • Jean Maleary
    September 5, 2015

    Very much appreciate that our US Friends enjoy our programme Downton Abbey BUT it is in fact an ITV production [England UK] and NOT PBS they have actually bought it .

  • Lorij
    September 5, 2015

    Whenever I was able to watch I loved the clothes. I guess because I enjoy making and altering the clothes just were amazing to me. Things made in past times took a lot of hand work especially before the invention of the sewing machines. Tailoring was much different than now. The clothes in the stores are simply fabulous !!!!

  • Lorij
    September 5, 2015

    Should say the clothes in the Downton Series are simply fabulous!!!!!

  • Erin M
    September 5, 2015

    This wonderful program gives us a glimpse into the aristocratic life many years ago. I love the clothes, the speech patterns, and the story lines. Of course, it is just a story but it is a nice break from the “modern” times of our lives.

  • BevM
    September 6, 2015

    Thanks for letting us know about this wonderful exhibit. My daughter and I will be planning a road trip!

  • Savannagal
    September 10, 2015

    My husband drove me 3 hours to the exhibit on Labor Day. It was phenomenal. I could have stayed all day. The exhibit was fantastic. The signage was great and well written. The clothing was beautiful. It’s amazing how tiny those actresses are! The Paine house was gorgeous to say the least. Again, terrific signature and very knowledgeable docents. I highly recommend you go before the exhibit ends on the 20th I think. It was the best money I’ve spent in a very long time. I plan to visit again for their Audubon exhibit. Do go check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

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