The exhibition was developed by Exhibits Development Group in St. Paul, MN who tours exhibitions globally including The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition and Pompeii: The Immortal City. The exhibition presents the award-winning costumes created for the British hit drama produced by the London Academy award-winning costumier, Cosprop Ltd. The costumes were created for the television show’s aristocratic Crawley family and their servants who inhabit the fictional English country estate of Downton Abbey. The costumes range from country tweeds and riding outfits; servants’ uniforms and footmen's livery; to lavish evening attire crafted from sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace, and beading.
Dressing the Abbey weaves popular culture, fashion and history in an exhibition borrowed from Downton Abbey’s™ wardrobe. It will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of History from October 23, 2021 to January 17, 2022.