With Downton Abbey’s fourth season premiere less than a month away, there’s no time like the present to share this fabulous bit of news: You’ll soon be able to get an up close and personal look at all the gorgeous costumes seen on the show. The only catch? You’ll have to get yourself to Delaware to do it.
Starting on March 1, 2014 (which really isn’t that far away anymore, is it?), a whopping 40 costumes and accessories worn both upstairs and downstairs in Downton’s hallowed halls will be on display at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The exhibit, titled Costumes of Downton Abbey, compares and contrasts the fictional world of the show with its real-life American counterpart, Winterthur, during the first half of the 20th century. Pieces you’ll be able to see include Lady Sybil’s (Jessica Brown Findlay) harem pants, Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) engagement dress, and Lady Edith’s (Laura Carmichael) wedding dress.
Said Maggie Lidz, one of the exhibit’s three co-curators, “The first time I looked at the costumes up close, I was amazed at the incredible detail. They are surprisingly ornate. This is going to be one of the most beautiful exhibitions ever held at Winterthur.” While Costumes of Downton Abbey is running, Winterthur will also be hosting a wide range of lectures, workshops, and events focusing on entertaining and country house life in Britain and the United States.
Costumes of Downton Abbey will run through January 4, 2015, so if you DON’T happen to live in the Delaware area, you’ve got plenty of time to take a pilgrimage there. Winterthur is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday; it’s located on Route 52, siz miles northwest of Wilmington and five miles south of US Route 1. Be sure to catch Downton Abbey’s fourth season premiere on January 5 on PBS!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.