Exhibition - Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion For Changing Times

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November 24, 2015

From: Taft Museum of Art

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Fifth Third Gallery

One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling English country estate, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, all fittingly dressed for the period.

Through 36 costumes, as well as accessories and film stills, Dressing Downton explores British fashion between 1912 and the early 1920s, a period of great change bookended by the sinking of the Titanic and the dawn of the Jazz Age. World War I (19141918) had a lasting effect on people's lives and on what they wore. The exhibition shows the progression of women's fashion from figure-altering corsets and bustles to straighter profiles and shorter skirts. For men, the de rigueur white tie and tails for dinner gave way to the more relaxed dinner jacket with black tie. On Downton Abbey as in history, clothing reveals important information about evolving social and economic classes. The exhibition will also draw connections to Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, contemporaries of the fictitious Crawleys, who lived in the Taft historic house and assembled the collection that is now the Taft Museum of Art.

Date: July 2, 2016 September 25, 2016

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 

Museum Admission:

Adults - $10

Youth 6-17 - $5

Children 5 and under - FREE

Taft Members are free.

Admission is free for all on Sundays.

Location: Taft Museum Of Art, 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45201.

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