Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group



Combine an award-winning drama, spectacular costumes, and an appreciation of all things made with needle and thread and you’re sure to enjoy watching my three interviews on Dressing Downton. Laura Fiser, curator of The Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh, WI, joins me as we showcase costumes from the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey®.

Dressing Downton, Paine Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog

Daywear at the Abbey

The first interview centers on daywear at the abbey. If you’re a faithful viewer of this popular series, these fashions are iconic to the series. Watch the interview online.

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo ©Carnival Films/Masterpiece

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group

Dressing Like an Aristocrat

If you’re a Downton Abbey® fan, you may watch the series for more than the drama. Get a close-up look at some of the stunning evening wear worn during the first three series of the Masterpiece drama. I know you’ll enjoy watching this fascinating segment. 


Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo courtesy of Weston Imaging Group



Activewear for the Gentry

Activewear had a totally different meaning in the 1920s, especially if you were an aristocrat living in Highclere Castle, a fantastical country estate, Downton Abbey® as seen in the US on Public TV. Highlights include riding, hunting, and farming costumes. Click to watch my interview with curator Laura Fiser.

Dressing Downton, Patin Art Center, Nancy Zieman Blog, Photo ©Carnival Films/Masterpiece

Watch all three of my interviews with curator Laura Fiser online.

Simply click on the highlighted titles.

Dressing Downton Traveling Exhibit

  • Now through September 20, 2015: The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, WI
  • October 15, 2015—January 10, 2016: Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA
  • February 11, 2016—May 8, 2016: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, IL
  • July 1, 2016—September 25, 2016: Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
  • October 13, 2016—January 8, 2017: Northern Indiana Center for History, South Bend, IN

The exhibition credit is:
Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2015 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. Carnival logo ©2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

The Film still credit is:
©Carnival Films/Masterpiece

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