Changing Fashion for Changing Time

Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Dressing Downton

Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times is an exquisite exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories paired to perfection in engaging vignettes, immersed amongst Otto Lightner’s collection of turn of the century fine art and furniture.

Many museum pieces in storage and others presently being restored will be on view for the first time as a part of the exhibition. Dressing Downton will be masterfully displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.

The series Downton Abbey explores the lives of its aristocratic inhabitants and their servants – together with the latest fashion trends. The exhibition presents a costume history of the period surrounding World War I, a period that changed the social fabric of Great Britain. A fine selection from the series’ wardrobe reflects on the changing times through fashion from 1912 to the mid-1920s.

Downton Abbey has received 59 Emmy® nominations, more than any other non-US show in Emmy® history. Downton Abbey is one of the most honored series on television, having captured 12 Emmys®, three Golden Globes®, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Producers Guild Award, and three BAFTAs, plus a 2015 BAFTA Special Award in recognition of the series’ outstanding global success.

The Lightner Museum’s collection of Victorian Era fine and decorative art is not the only reason it is so well suited to exhibit Dressing Downton. Otto Lightner’s collection is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler in 1888. Henry Flagler was a partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil.  The Alcazar Hotel was a playground for the wealthy elite vacationing from the north and traveling to St. Augustine via Flagler’s East Coast Railroad.

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