Downton Chappy – Costumes Of The Downton Abbey Era

Exhibit Location: Horace Greeley House

Exhibit Year: 2013

The Downton Chappy – Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era exhibit featured costumes from the Society’s extensive costume collection and was based on the popular TV series, Downton Abbey. Lady Grantham and her daughters always wore the latest elegant fashions of the 1920s and 30s. The soft fabrics, lavish beading and embroidery on their dresses set the tone and the time of the story. Happily, we have similar dresses in our own collection here in Chappaqua. The exhibit included a stunning satin and lace wedding gown as well as dresses suitable for receiving guests at home or a night at the opera.

Also shown were a selection of beaded bags, long kid gloves, and hats. One was a silver cap perfect to slip over a head of bobbed hair and dance the Charleston. We did not featuring any clothes worn by the Dowager Countess Lady Grantham. She, by her own choice, is always dressed at least one generation out of date.