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Dressing Downton at the Driehaus Museum

Driehaus exhibit showing 35 Downton Abbey costumes


Downton Abbey may be in its final season, but fans of the British period drama can get up close and personal with a major part of the show: the costumes. For years, we have marveled at the beauty surrounding the people — both upstairs and downstairs — at the grand estate in the northern English countryside. Starting Feb. 9 and running through May 8, the Richard H. Driehaus Musuem (itself a work of awe-inspiring art) will host Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, a collection of 35 award-winning costumes.

While some costumes were re-created from photos, paintings and magazines using newer materials, many comprise fabrics from the early part of the 20th century. You can peruse the collection while marveling in the lush, lavish splendor of the Driehaus, a former Gilded Age mansion in the city’s River North neighborhood. This is truly a turn-back-time exhibit and one not to be missed.

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