Dressing Downton exhibit makes final stop

Posted on October 1, 2017 by Gloria Mazure in Active Lifestyles, Art, Baby Boomers, Blog, Boomer and Senior Resources, BSR, Community Resources, Eldercare Resources, Entertainment, Environment, Events for Women, History Events, Local Events, Tourism, Tribute

On its final tour stop, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times”  will be on exhibit Oct. 4, 2017, through  Jan. 7, 2018, in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.

The Lightner Museum will play host to an exquisite collection of 36 original costume pieces seen on the award-winning television series “Downton Abbey.” For ticket sales and information, visit http://www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton/.

Dressing Downton™ has been a highly successful traveling exhibition that began at the Biltmore Estate in February 2015 and will culminate in St. Augustine at the Lightner Museum. Comprised of original and historically inspired costumes reflecting the magnificence of the Gilded Age, the exhibition will be  at home among Otto Lightner’s original collection of fine and decorative arts and antiquities from the same time period.

“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 show   has received 59 Emmy  nominations, more than any other non-U.S. show in Emmy  history.

Specialty lectures and events will contribute to the Dressing Downton™ exhibition experience. Celebrity guests such as Jessica Fellowes, author and niece of Julian Fellowes, creator of “Downton Abbey,” as well as Francine Segan, a television personality, author, and food historian, will be making appearances.

Café’ Alcazar, located in the Historic Pool area of the Lightner Museum, will be hosting High Tea daily during the “Dressing Downton” exhibition. Reservations are strongly recommended.

New and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours called Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar will highlight parallels to the time period. Learn what life was like for both guests and staff who visited and worked at the Alcazar Hotel during the Gilded Age in St. Augustine.

Many community organizations and businesses have partnered with the Lightner Museum to extend the “Downton” experience out into the community.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Dressing Downton™ exhibition, lectures, events, high tea, and specialty tours, visit http://lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton/. The Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine, is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses and sponsors.