Sunday, May 18, 2014

Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur

We have watched Downton Abbey with great interest since it started. Last summer when we went to England with friends, we visited Highclere Castle, saw the real place the Masterpiece series is filmed, and took a lot of photos of the English countryside. Then I heard that the costumes of Downton Abbey would be on display at Winterthur in Delaware. Winterthur is DuPont's mansion, gardens, and galleries. We took the two hour drive northeast and arrived around 12:30. I had made reservations on line the day before for the 2 PM viewing. It appears you cannot get tickets on site for this exhibit. It was quite busy being a Saturday and also a lovely day. We started with a tram ride around the beautiful gardens. The azaleas were blooming and everything was really lush and green. Since we didn't have enough time to take in the house tour, we strolled through the galleries, and then went right to the exhibit. The garments were well represented, and there was an attempt to compare the lifestyle and the clothes to the DuPonts during the same time period the series represents. Although it doesn't look like it, the place was teeming with visitors. I didn't get to see much, but figured I could look back at the pictures and the website. I have a tendency to want to get through things like this quickly because the most fun about for us is about getting there and then remembering later that we went. 

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