Exhibits Development Group: Charles Allis Art Museum to host Dressing the Abbey costume exhibition

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – January 26, 2022- Exhibits Development Group (EDG) and the Charles Allis Art Museum in collaboration with Milwaukee PBS are thrilled to announce their partnership in bringing Dressing the Abbeythe costume exhibition which highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey™

Experience original costumes worn by the stars of Downton Abbey that depict fashions of the British aristocracy in the early 20th century. The exhibition showcases the turbulence and changes in the late Edwardian era through the 1920s through the fashions of the period while evoking fans’ favorite moments.

The exhibition’s award-winning costumes created for the British hit drama were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. The costumes were created for the 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.

“The Charles Allis Art Museum has been presenting exhibits to area residents for over 70 years, and this exhibit represents our longstanding commitment to supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Milwaukee,” said Neil Albrecht, Interim Executive Director of the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums.  “We have already witnessed tremendous excitement with the announcement of this exhibit and are grateful to EDG for bringing Dressing the Abbey to this museum.” 

“Bringing the exhibition to Milwaukee and the beautiful Charles Allis Art Museum is not only a great honor but the English Tudor historic home is also a perfect complement to the beautiful costumes from the fabulous TV series,” expressed Amy Noble Seitz, CEO and Founder of EDG.   

Dressing the Abbey weaves popular culture, fashion and history in an exhibition borrowed from Downton Abbey’s™ wardrobe.  It will open on February 4th at the Charles Allis Art Museum and will be on display for a limited time. For more information on tickets and hours of operation, visit Charles Allis Art Museum website www.charlesallis.org