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.
“To Marry an English Lord” (Members Only)
January 5, 1:00 pm
As part of our Farewell to Costumes of Downton Abbey Members-Only Day, author Carol McD. Wallace discusses her book To Marry an English Lord, which was part of the inspiration for the Downton Abbey television series, and the historical era it encompasses. The book focuses on nine American heiresses who married peers of the British realm in 1895. It was the peak year of a social phenomenon that began in the Gilded Age after the Civil War. In all, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles. To Marry an English Lord is their true story. Reservations required. Book signing to follow. Members only. Free to Members. For more information on our Members-only farewell day, please visit our membership page.