Touring Winterthur and a recap of The Costumes of Downton Abbey.
I’d like to interrupt your holiday season for a very important announcement. Please listen up.
Downton Abbey starts back up in January!
Many of y’all know that I am a big fan of the show. Heck, I even created crafts in honor of the show! (A Downton inspired headband and necklace.) If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I had a little Downton adventure this spring.
Earlier this year I was excited to learn that the costumes of Downton were on display in our area (in Delaware, outside Philadelphia). I was excited.
Ok, excited is putting it mildly.
And I was even more thrilled to learn that my husband was willing to go with me and see the exhibit! (He watches Downton with me. He may not admit it to his friends but I’m pretty sure he likes the show, too!) So, I took my hubby and my seven month pregnant belly to Winterthur last June.
The costume exhibit is hosted on the grounds of an old estate turned museum/gardens called Winterthur. The house was originally owned by the DuPont family, and it thrived during the same period portrayed in Downton.
The Downton exhibit was filled with show costumes that ranged from the staff uniforms to the wedding dresses on the show. I was in heaven!
Memorable moments of the drama were highlighted like Sibyl’s pants and Mary and Matthew’s engagement scene.
Fun trivia fact I learned on the tour: Do you know the why reason many of the female characters wore a lot of lavender in season three and four? I didn’t either. Apparently lavender was the color of mourning during that time period. (Spoiler alert: If you remember, the family was mourning the death of Sibyl and then Matthew.)
We also enjoyed the grounds of Winterthur and the house tour that was included with each admission ticket.
The décor and antique furniture in the DuPont mansion were gorgeous! The rooms were very reminiscent of the show.
If you live in the Philadelphia area, this exhibit is still open through early January. It might be a fun holiday trip and a way to get excited about the show’s return!
Or you could just get your Earl Grey, teacups and saucers ready like I plan to do!