Art/Culture: Dressing Downton

For those few who are completely oblivious to the popular series Downton Abbey®….and who are these pour souls? Downton has nothing to do with Downtown.downton7This is one series that I admit to have binge watched.  Aside from the exquisite costumes (imagine getting dressed up like that everyday?), I wasn’t even expecting to like it all that much. I’m pretty particular about what I watch in general, but the quality of the overall show, scenery, characters and let’s face it the clothing had me hooked.  And Maggie Smith alone is mesmerizing. I also loved Shirley Maclaine’s cameo.downton2downton1

Guess I have an addictive personality when it comes to drama, intrigue, history, fashion, romance, power and politics. And everything sounds much more enticing with a British accent.  So I joined the masses and ended up binge-watching season six on Netflix.  Apparently it was one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world. At least I wasn’t alone.downton3downton4

Which brings me to the very point of this blog post Dressing Downton; a traveling exhibit that showcases nearly 40 period costumes and jewelry from the hit series!

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Set in the early twentieth century, Dressing Downton traces the events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I and ushered in the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age and a new way of life.

“Dressing Downton highlights a time in British history when industry, fashion, and politics were changing drastically,” expressed Amy Noble Seitz, Founder & CEO of EDG.  “This exhibition quickly filled its three-year tour which says something about our obsession with all things British and our thirst for Fashion.”

About the Exhibit:

This exhibit started off appropriately at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and will go on to tour other North American cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville & various cities in California and Florida through 2017.

The exhibition is designed and produced by *Exhibits Development Group (EDG – see below) in collaboration with award winning costumier, Cosprop Ltd; London, Museum of London, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Films, PBS Masterpieces.

How many of you have watched this series?

For more information on exhibit tour and dates please visit: www.dressingdownton.com

New on Netflix: Janis: Little Girl Bluejanis

Never a voice like this. Watch this fascinating documentary on the life and career of super singer-songwriter Janis Joplin.  See archival footage and interviews with Janis, her family, friends and fellow musicians that highlight her rise to fame in the 60’s. Aside from her unfortunate battle with alcohol and heroin addiction I found a whole new appreciation for Janis Joplin.

 

*Exhibits Development Group (EDG) is dedicated to the development, production, marketing and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions and cultural projects. EDG also serves as a partner to other exhibition organizers, museums, foundations and collection owners in the U.S. and abroad, in the care and stewardship of their exhibitions and collections. EDG’s mission is to initiate and promote international cultural and intellectual exchange by bringing high-quality traveling exhibitions of art, science and history to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, please visit www.exhibitsdevelopment.com.

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