‘Dressing the Abbey’ costume exhibit headed to Raleigh

Opening date is Oct. 23; tickets go on sale Sept. 7

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Posted 7/16/21

The North Carolina Museum of History will host “Dressing the Abbey,” a costume exhibition that highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, “Downton Abbey.”

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‘Dressing the Abbey’ costume exhibit headed to Raleigh

Opening date is Oct. 23; tickets go on sale Sept. 7

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of History will host “Dressing the Abbey,” a costume exhibition that highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, “Downton Abbey.”

Experience original costumes worn by the stars of “Downton Abbey” that depict fashions of the British aristocracy in the early 20th century. The exhibition showcases the turbulence and changes in the late Edwardian era through the 1920s by means of the fashions of the period while evoking fans’ favorite moments.

The exhibition was developed by Exhibits Development Group in St. Paul, Minnesota, who tours exhibitions globally, including “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition,” and “Pompeii: The Immortal.”

The exhibition presents the award-winning costumes created for the British hit drama produced by the London Academy award-winning costumier, Cosprop Ltd. The costumes were created for the television show’s aristocratic Crawley family and their servants who inhabit the fictional English country estate of Downton Abbey. The costumes range from country tweeds and riding outfits; servants’ uniforms and footmen’s livery; to lavish evening attire crafted from sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace, and beading.

Ken Howard, director of the Museum of History, said, “We are thrilled that the North Carolina Museum of History is able to bring this exhibition to Raleigh. Our visitors and all the adoring fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ will enjoy seeing the costumes from this award-winning program that so captured the public’s attention.”

“Dressing the Abbey” weaves popular culture, fashion, and history in an exhibition borrowed from “Downton Abbey’s” wardrobe. It will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of History from Oct. 23 through Jan. 17, 2022.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission; $12 for ages 62 and older, military and educators; $10 for museum members (plus first ticket is free); $10 for ages 7-17; and free for ages 6 and younger. Pre-sale for tickets will start after Labor Day on Sept. 7. Tickets can be purchased online at ncmuseumofhistoryshop.com, in person, or over the phone at 919-814-6970. There will be no timed tickets. 

This traveling exhibit will be open to visitors during normal museum hours. For more information regarding visiting the museum, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/about/plan-your-visit or call 919-814-7000.

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