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Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit to Open Stateside This March

Photo by Nick Briggs, courtesy of <a href="http://winterthur.org/">Winterhur</a> and Carnival Film &amp; Television Limited
Photo by Nick Briggs, courtesy of Winterhur and Carnival Film & Television Limited

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Downton Abbey superfans now have double the reason to be excited for winter 2014: The exhibit Costumes of Downton Abbey is coming to the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library near Wilmington, Delaware.

The tour sounds like the Downton Abbey theme-park we never knew we absolutely wanted. Winterthur, once a du Pont family estate, now a museum and garden open to the public, describes itself as America's Downton. Lady Sybil's harem pants, Lady Mary's engagement dress, and Lady Edith's wedding dress are among the chosen garments, and there'll be a working recreation of the Downton Abbey bell system. Visitors will walk through the exhibit chronologically, with outfits corresponding to the times of day for both the upstairs and downstairs.

Maggie Lidz, one of the three co-curators of the exhibition, who chose the 40 Cosprop-owned costumes and accessories that will be on display, said, "The first time I looked at the costumes up close, I was amazed at the incredible detail. They are surprisingly ornate."

The exhibit will open on March 1 and it'll remain through January 4, 2015. Price of admission is $18 adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $5 for ages 2 to 11. Start planning the Downton caravan rightnow.
· Winterthur [Official Site]
· Lady Mary Was the Toughest to Dress in Season 4 of Downton [Racked]