• Yuletide house tours sold out for November 28 and December 6 & 7. Limited tickets for Costumes of Downton Abbey still available.
Lunchtime Lecture Series: Downton Within, Downton Beyond
12:15–1:15 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Our series of lectures offers an opportunity to consider the artful presentation of television fiction as well as the varying histories, values, issues, and clothing of Downton Abbey's evolving eras. Members free. Included with admission.
“Unexpected Hats, and Other Adventures in Creating Winterthur's Costumes of Downton Abbey”
How did we turn 40 costumes from a London prop house into a destination for Downton fans? Not without some adventure along the way! Amy Marks Delaney, associate curator of exhibitions, gives a behind-the-scenes peek at the many surprises, discoveries, and creative decisions behind Costumes of Downton Abbey, from re-creating the iconic servants’ bells and Matthew's romantic proposal, to the arrival of some unexpected accessories.
Behind the Seams with Hollywood and TV Industry Insiders: A Costume Design Lecture Series
The successful portrayal of the characters and story lines you love are the result of a design process that includes research, ingenuity, and craftsmanship. Please join us for a series of talks featuring award-winning costume designers and a specialty costume craftperson linked to such impressive creative projects as Downton Abbey, Mad Men, The Hunger Games, True Blood, Deadwood, House of Cards, and more. Copeland Lecture Hall. To purchase tickets for one lecture or the entire series, please call 800.448.3883. $15 per Member. $10 per student. $25 per nonmember. Series: $48 per Member. $80 per nonmember. Reservations required.
"Costume Design: Inspiration and Influence"
November 18, 6:00 pm
Mad Men debuted on AMC in 2007 and has captivated viewers by its style as well as its drama and acting. Janie Bryant, Emmy-winning costume designer for the series, will talk about how she finds inspiration for characters from movies, magazines, advertisements, and catalogs of the eras the show spans, as well as the use of color, detail, fit, and style to create the characters in the show. Costume design helps tell a story about the characters, their evolution, and the changing world in which they live. Bryant has received national and international acclaim for her work on the series and as a style setter. She was also the costume designer on HBO’s western-themed series Deadwood, for which she was honored with three Emmy nominations and a win in 2005. This year Bryant has received another Emmy nomination for her work on Mad Men. Join Janie for an intriguing look into her inspirations and influence in costume design and her work on the critically acclaimed hit series Mad Men.
"Form and Function: Film's Unique Considerations for Successful Costume Design"
November 25, 6:00 pm
University of Delaware alumna and specialty costume craftperson Gina Scarnati has worked on blockbuster films such as The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as the hit HBO series True Blood. During this lecture she will examine the costume design process from conceptualization to realization. Through the exploration of various films, Scarnati will illustrate how vitally important costumes are to the development of the story line.
Additional Downton Abbey Lectures
“A Line Unbroken: Inheriting the English Country House”
Thursday, November 20
6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Most Royal Oak members and supporters would agree that the country houses of England are chief among its crowning glories. Historian and Goodwood House Curator James Peill will illustrate English houses dating from medieval times to the early 20th century that have passed by inheritance and never been sold. In some cases, these houses remarkably have been in the same family for over 1,000 years. Mr. Peill’s discussion encompasses the medieval Kentchurch Court in the Welsh Marches, which was built as a fortified manor house for the Scudamore family, and the delightful Gothic Revival Prideaux Place in Cornwall, the ducal palace Badminton, and the late 18th-century Hackthorn Hall. Within these walls, stories have unfolded that have become a part of English history but also rival the narratives played out in BBC miniseries dramas. Mr. Peill will describe these houses owned by both the aristocracy and the gentry along with familial chapels and churches. The owners’ taste and status are revealed through these extraordinary interiors filled with beautiful decorative objects and featuring wood paneling, opulent textiles, and plasterwork ceilings. Based on his recent book The English Country House, Mr. Peill will give a glimpse into what life was like for centuries-old families and will reveal how their lives remain present through glorious interiors and mundane everyday items such as trunks in attics, bundled letters tied with faded ribbons, old photograph albums and visitors’ books, and faded curtains. $15 per Member. $10 per student. $25 per nonmember. Book signing to follow.
“From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and Fashion from 1890 to 1929”
Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23
1:00–2:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Join renowned jewelry expert Andrew Prince, who has created costume jewelry and tiaras for such period dramas as Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Young Victoria, and the hit PBS series Downton Abbey®, as he illustrates the intimate connections between the great jewelers and couture houses and this glittering period. As a contributing jeweler to Downton Abbey, Prince supplies the television period drama with 19th-century‐style tiaras, necklaces, combs, and earrings. In his highly illustrated talk, he will discuss 19th- and 20th-century adornment, while tying in the social, cultural, and political events as well as the characters from this glittering period. In addition, there will be a display of jewelry worn on the show and a jewelry trunk show each day after the lecture in the Visitor Center Pavillion, 2:30–5:30 pm. $15 per Member. $25 per nonmember.