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Winterthur to host U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey costumes

Downton Abbey, copyright Carnival Film and Television Limited, All Rights Reserved, photographer Nick Briggs

WINTERTHUR, Delaware — Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library will host the U.S. premiere of “Costumes of Downton Abbey,” an original exhibition of fashion designs from the awarding-winning television series.

The exhibition will run from March 1, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015.

A co-production of Carnival Films and Masterpiece, “Downton Abbey” depicts life in the British household of the fictional Earl and Countess of Grantham. It has earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.

Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier for film, television and theater, will lend approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show that will be displayed in Winterthur’s largest gallery space and supplemented by photographs and vignettes.

Winterthur’s curators will structure the exhibition so that visitors can step into and experience the fictional world of Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Winterthur will host a wide range of lectures, workshops and special events, including “Other Downtons,” focusing on aspects of the country house in Britain and the United States. There will also be a variety of programs showcasing entertaining and country house life.