For loyal viewers of the award-winning historical British series Downton Abbey™, the aristocratic Crawley family’s fashion prowess is one of its biggest draws. And now, you can get a first look at the actual costumes worn by the cast of the famous television drama created for the show by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. at this new exhibit in Milwaukee.
Venture just an hour and a half from Chicago to Milwaukee’s Charles Allis Museum, a former mansion completed in 1911 and designed by prominent architect Alexander Eschweiler to see the one-of-a-kind costumes. The venue sets the stage for what is sure to be a sell-out exhibition, which is a collaboration between Exhibits Development Group (EDG), the Charles Allis Museum, and PBS-Milwaukee.And tickets for this stylish exhibit have just been released to the public!
The exhibition takes guests on an enthralling visual fashion journey through the ever-changing times of the late Edwardian era to the mid-1920s, featuring 35 recognizable and compelling costumes from the popular Downton Abbey™ series. Mannequins are on display throughout the exhibit dressed up in visually stunning tweeds, riding outfits, the servant’s uniforms, and of course—the luxurious evening attire with beautifully detailed beading and embroidery we’ve all come to know and love from the iconic British series.
Get the rare opportunity to experience the English Tudor-style Charles Allis Museum, the fifth stop for the Dressing the Abbey tour. After successful exhibitions in Rochester, Minnesota; Riverhead, New York; and Raleigh, North Carolina, the stunning exhibit finally comes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Besides perusing the immaculately detailed costumes from Downton Abbey’s™ most popular seasons, visitors will also get an intimate look at the gorgeous vintage accessories, including elaborate jewelry and feathered hats worn during the show.
Dressing the Abbey has received some rave reviews from attendees who have experienced this exclusive event in Milwaukee.
Libby – “It was wonderful. We could see the costumes up closely and admire the details and workmanship. The setting of the 19th century Charles Allis was spot on to feature this exhibition.”
Ellen – “A beautiful lovely experience. I would go every week if I could. Thank you for having this.”
Abigail – “Seeing all of the outfits featured in person was really neat! The way they were displayed around the house was done very well. It allowed for the beauty of the house, its art and the costumes to really shine. I will definitely be going back in the future.”