Downton Abbey fans, you heard it here first…Although season three of the acclaimed BBC period drama launched last month in the U.K., it doesn’t appear on PBS in the U.S. until January. But you can pre-order the television series on Amazon UK, and begin watching it in only about two weeks.
Now that you’re in the mood for some DA, I have more good news for you. If one of the reasons you watch the award winning costume drama is to admire the sumptuous garments, you won’t want to miss the exhibition “Styling an American Family: the 1910’s’” currently on display at the Stickley Museum in Morris Plains, NJ.
The elegant exhibit consists of 25 exquisite mannequins (many of which bear a striking resemblance to Michelle Dockery, aka Lady Mary Crawley) outfitted in the original period clothing of an upper middle class American family in the 1910’s. The clothing and figures are on loan from Syracuse University’s Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection.
The timing of the exhibit is serendipitous. “It just so happens that the exhibit came up at a time when Downton Abbey is so successful,” says Kristen McCauley, visitor services associate for the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. She notes that the styles of the 1910’s, so beautifully showcased on Downton Abbey, are inspiring fashion today. “Young people are definitely wearing more clothing with sheer overlays, lace, embroidery and other vintage details,” says McCauley. “Jewelry today is especially reflecting that time period.”
Tours focusing on the fashion and culture of the 1910’s run most weekends at 1pm through Jan. 6th. My 8-year-old was fascinated to hear on the tour about the complicated formalities of paying social visits and leaving calling cards—long before the days of keeping in touch via online social networking and cell phones.
“Money, Beauty, Power: The Transformation of Taste in America’s Gilded Age,” on Thurs., Oct. 25th.
“Two for Tea” Open House, 11am-4pm, and “After Hours: Low Tea and High Fashion,” 4-6pm, on Sat., Nov. 10th.
Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, NJ (973) 540-0311