Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
July 2–September 25, 2016 | Fifth Third Gallery
One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling English country estate, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, all fittingly dressed for the period.
Through 36 costumes, as well as accessories and film stills, Dressing Downton explores British fashion between 1912 and the early 1920s, a period of great change bookended by the sinking of the Titanic and the dawn of the Jazz Age. World War I (1914–1918) had a lasting effect on people’s lives and on what they wore. The exhibition shows the progression of women’s fashion from figure-altering corsets and bustles to straighter profiles and shorter skirts. For men, the de rigueur white tie and tails for dinner gave way to the more relaxed dinner jacket with black tie. On Downton Abbey as in history, clothing reveals important information about evolving social and economic classes. The exhibition will also draw connections to Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, contemporaries of the fictitious Crawleys, who lived in the Taft historic house and assembled the collection that is now the Taft Museum of Art.
Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2016 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. All Rights Reserved.
Haute Couture Sponsor
Additional financial support provided by The H.B, E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees; The Sutphin Family Foundation; John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck, and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees; The Frank J. Kloenne and Jacqueline Dawson Kloenne Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees; and Joel McCray and the Robert S. Duncanson Society.
Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment
Ohio Arts Council