Dressing Downton

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It’s fitting that the costumes from a costume drama would tour. The travelling exhibition Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times brings clothing and jewelry from Downton Abbey to Chicago’s Dreihaus Museum from February 9 to May 8, 2016.

Downton Abbey followed the Crawley family and its servants as Britain transitioned from the Victorian Era to World War I. Over thirty-five costumes from the show are on display. Cosprop Ltd. has fashioned them from period fabrics and vintage photos, paintings, and patterns. They come from the company’s store of over 100,000 items that range from the fifteenth century to 60s London-a-go-go. The Dreihaus museum presents them in the immersive, historically appropriate rooms in its Gilded Age mansion.

Dressing Downtown is available as either an exhibition or a tea. The exhibition costs $25 for adults (with various prices for children, senior citizens, and teachers). It is part of the Dreihaus Museum’s general admission. The one-hour tea costs $55. Scones, tea sandwiches, and sweets are served in the museum’s Murphy Auditorium. As the Dowager Countess said, “All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite.” Tickets are available at the website or by calling (312) 482-8933 x 21.

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The Richard H. Dreihaus Museum is located at 40 E Erie Street in downtown Chicago. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9am to 6pm. If tickets are not bought in advance, they are sold on-site in 30-minute intervals.

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