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Dressing the Abbey

February 4, 2022 – May 30, 2022

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Charles Allis Art Museum is excited to host Dressing the Abbey, a costume exhibition which 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 through the fashions of the period while evoking fans’ favorite moment. 

The exhibition's award-winning costumes created for the British hit drama were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. The costumes were created for the 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. Dressing the Abbey weaves popular culture, fashion and history in an exhibition borrowed from Downton Abbey’s™ wardrobe.

The exhibition is developed and distributed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England. The exhibition is not endorsed by, sponsored by, licensed by, associated with, or otherwise affiliated with the television series Downton Abbey™, NBC Universal International, Carnival Film and Television Limited or their representatives.

Ticketing information for Dressing the Abbey:

  • To protect our museum visitors, masks are encouraged and tickets must be purchased in advance so that we may manage the number of people in the museum.
  • Parking around the museum may be limited. Please consider ride-share or public transportation.
  • Bag policy: No large bags or backpacks allowed when touring the museum and exhibition. The museum does not have lockers, so please plan ahead.