Downton Abbey Costume Exhibition to be Unveiled in Toronto

Devotees of Downton Abbey may have to wait until 2015 for the next chapter in the continuing chronicle of the Crawley family, but fans of the show’s fashions will soon have the chance to gather with others who are cut from the same cloth for Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey, an up close look at the clothes that have helped to weave the series into the very fabric of popular culture.

Beginning March 11, 2014, Toronto’s Spadina Museum will offer visitors a view of the evolution of an era’s ensembles through a study of 20 garments which have helped to bring Downton’s characters to life on the small screen.

On loan from Cosprop, Ltd. in London, the Calgary Herald reports that the exhibit will also include millinery donned by the ladies of Downton, including a picture hat that framed the face of Lady Cora; the nurse’s scarf worn by Lady Sybil as she cared for convalescing soldiers, and a cloche that hugged the head of Lady Mary as she awaited the arrival of her bundle of joy, George.

Along with the costumes, anglophiles can also admire photographs that will bring back memories of the series’ first three seasons.

While the vintage-inspired visions are interpretations of attire from times gone by, aficionados of antique apparel will find themselves in the presence of the past  with a look at wardrobe and accessories from the City of Toronto collection during a tour of Spadina House.

Tickets: $25 plus tax on weekdays; $30 plus tax on Saturday and Sunday

When: March 11 – April 13, 2014

Where: Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens at 285 Spadina Road in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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