Arts / Culture / History, North Carolina

Downton Abbey Comes to Biltmore


Staff prepare Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)
Staff prepares Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Downton Abbey Costumes on View at Biltmore

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” opens at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, Feb. 5th and runs through May 25, 2015.

Don’t miss this exciting exhibit of 47 costumes direct from London on display at the 250-room Vanderbilt estate. The costumes are displayed in rooms throughout the house that represent where they would  have been worn in the corresponding Highclere Castle, the setting for the show.

Leslie Klingner, Curator of Interpretation at the Biltmore,  spoke with me about the exhibit. “What has really struck me as the costumes have come in, is their exquisite details. They are absolutely gorgeous in person, and it’s so exciting to see them close up in the correct settings.”

The historical time period, manners and fashions at Biltmore from 1895 to the mid-20s closely mirror that of Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle. In addition to the costumes of the aristocratic Crawley family, the Biltmore exhibit will feature many of the servant’s costumes set in Biltmore’s original kitchen and servant quarters.

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times” is included in the admission cost to Biltmore, but be sure to sign up for  the optional “Upstairs/Downstairs Tour,”  which will take you behind the scenes to view the Butler’s Pantry, Lady’s maids’ rooms, Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom, staff spaces and guest bedrooms.

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