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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

'Downton Abbey' costumes at Winterthur

If you missed Winterthur's splendid Downton Abbey costume exhibit which closed Sunday after a 10-month run, here are some photos of the display. The former home of Henry F. du Pont (1880-1969), Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware will re-open to the public March 1 when spring starts up.
 
Let yours blossom with a day trip up to Winterthur, less than two months and about two hours away, north on Interstate 95.  (Take $16 for tolls north and about $12, heading home.) Winterthur has a garden calendar, too. An excellent day trip from Washington combines Winterthur and Brandywine River Museum, the home and studios of N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, just six miles from Winterthur.  Would you believe they both have places to eat and to shop?/Photo by Patricia Leslie 
 This is one of the gowns worn by Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey, in the gown above/Photo of a photo by Patricia Leslie
An array of finery, including Maggie Smith's gown, at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library/Photo by Patricia Leslie
A summer's day at Downton Abbey and at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library/Photo by Patricia Leslie
"Oh, Bill! Am I ever gonna see my wedding day?" Worn in Downton Abbey/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Close-up of the wedding dress above/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Downton Abbey gowns at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Close-up of the dress on the left, above/Photo by Patricia Leslie
"M'lady, where are your gloves?"  "In the case where I left them." A label at the Winterthur show quoted Emily Post from 1922:  "Ladies always wear gloves to formal dinners but take them off at the table.  Entirely off....Both glove and fan are supposed to be laid across the lap, and one is supposed to lay the napkin folded once in half across the lap too, on top of the gloves and fan."/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Downton Abbey gowns, three  of the 40 costumes in the show/Photo by Patricia Leslie
From Downton Abbey/Photo by Patricia Leslie
The wife of Henry du Pont was Ruth Wales du Pont (1899-1967) ("the best thing that ever happened to him") and this is her "quite heavy" travel case (of alligator or crocodile and carried by the maid) made c. 1920 in England.  Among other items, it contained an address book, ink well and sketch pad, 10 gold-plated and capped cosmetic bottles, an ash tray, photo case, clock, thimble, needle case, shoe horn, button hook, two lipstick cases (one with a lipstick), hairbrush,  combs, hair pin box, soap case, two toothbrushes, a mirror and jewelry box/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Downton Abbey gowns/Photo by Patricia Leslie
This is what you wear for a wedding proposal.  Mine were a trifle removed from these/Photo by Patricia Leslie
Downton Abbey gowns/Photo by Patricia Leslie
 
What: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

When:  Opening for the 2015 season on March 1

Where: 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Winterthur, DE 19735 (Winterthur says Google Maps sometimes gives incorrect directions, so it recommends MapQuest.)


Admission: Members are always admitted free. Adults, $25; seniors and students, $23; children, 2-11, $5, and no charge for children under age 2.

For more information: 800-448-3883 
 
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library/Winterthur

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