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'Downton Abbey' costume exhibit to open at Delaware's Winterthur

December 04, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • The harem pants worn by Lady Sybil Crawley (a.k.a. Jessica Brown Findlay) will be part of the display at Winterthur in spring.
The harem pants worn by Lady Sybil Crawley (a.k.a. Jessica Brown Findlay)… (Nick Briggs / Carnival Film…)

Can fans ever get enough of "Downton Abbey"? In the first show of its kind in the United States, 40 wardrobe items from the PBS "Masterpiece" series will go on display this spring at what could be a "Downton" twin: Winterthur, the expansive 175-room Delaware estate created by Henry Francis du Pont.

"Costumes of Downton Abbey" opens March 1 at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library near Wilmington, Del. It will contrast the "Downton" duds -- items such as Lady Sybil's harem pants, Lady Mary's engagement dress and the ill-fated wedding dress of Lady Edith -- with clothes and decorative items such as an 1874 Tiffany silver tea set at the du Pont house.

The exhibit plus lectures and other events will provide a window on 20th century country life in the fictional artistocratic British family and the real-life stateside du Pont family. The museum features furniture, ceramics and glass items, paintings, prints and more items that were collected by du Pont, great-grandson of the chemical company founder. The house is backed by 1,000 acres of woods and gardens.

Tickets to Winterthur cost $20 for adults, $5 for children 2 to 11. The exhibit continues through Jan. 5, 2015. The fourth season of the PBS "Masterpiece" series makes its U.S. debut on Jan. 5.)

Info: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, (800) 448-3883

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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