Style from the Small Screen


10 October 2014 - 18 January 2015

Free entry

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This exhibition showcases ten exquisite dresses created for the 'Downton Abbey' television series. Glamorous gowns worn by characters including the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Mary and Lady Grantham are among those on display.

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the exhibition compares costumes from the screen with historic garments of the 1912-1923 period.

A number of pieces from National Museums Liverpool’s collection also feature, including two never-before displayed costumes and one outfit that previously belonged to the Liverpool lady, Mrs Tinne.

Image gallery

Day dress, silk with embroidered detail, worn by the actress Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the TV series, 'Downton Abbey'. Made by Cosprop, London, 2009 Shift-style evening dress, silk underdress, net overdress with coloured sequins and glass beading, worn by the actress Janet Montgomery as Freda Dudley-Ward in the TV series 'Downton Abbey'.  Acquired by Cosprop, London, made early 1920. Evening dress, silk with velvet and chiffon sleeves, worn by the actress Zoe Boyle as Lavinia Swire, Matthew Crawley's fiancée in the TV series, 'Downton Abbey'. Acquired by Cosprop, London, made early 1920s.


Getting to the exhibition

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