Behind the Scenes of Costumes of Downton Abbey
Monday, March 10
11:00 am and 2:30 pm
During the special Members-only Costumes of Downton Abbey Day, Director of Museum Affairs Tom Savage and Estate Historian Maggie Lidz discuss bringing Downton to Winterthur and procuring the costumes. Members only. Members free. Reservations required. Call 800.448.3883 to register.
Don't miss Bank to Bend! Space is still available. Call 800.448.3883 to register. Walk-ins welcome.
"Bank to Bend" with Matt Bishop
Saturday, March 8
11:00 am–12:00 noon, Copeland Lecture Hall
This year Matt Bishop, famous English snowdrop enthusiast and author of Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus, takes you on a journey to discover this delicate winter flower. In addition to the lecture, snowdrops, winter interest plants, and plants propagated from the Winterthur Garden will be sold by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens and Black Hog Horticulture. Registration includes admission to the garden, where guests can enjoy the spectacular early bulb display. Free for WGLS and Garden Associate Members. $10 per Member, $20 per nonmember, Call 800.448.3883 to register. Ask about upgrading your ticket to view Costumes of Downton Abbey.
Costumes of Downton Abbey Lecture Series
“Dumfries House: A Georgian Masterpiece Saved”
Tuesday, March 11
6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
The Hon. Mrs. Chetwode (Lucinda), Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust, will acquaint you with one of Scotland’s most beautiful country houses. Completed by Robert Adam in 1759, the remarkably intact interiors were furnished by both Chippendale and Edinburgh cabinetmakers. In 2007 the contents were scheduled to be sold until saved by HRH The Prince of Wales at the eleventh hour. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember.
"Castle Howard: Family Home and Restoration Drama"
Friday, April 11
Home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the heart of North Yorkshire. Castle Howard became known to millions in the 1981 television mini-series Brideshead Revisited. Join the Honorable Simon Howard for a visual personal tour of the house, its extraordinary landscape, his description of modern living at Castle Howard, and the ongoing preservation and restoration projects that will ensure its survival into the future. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember.
“Vintage Inspiration: The Brides of Downton Abbey” (Members Only)
Sunday, May 18
2:30 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
What were the costume designer’s inspirations behind those 1920-styled, shimmering and romantic wedding gowns for Mary and Edith in Downton Abbey? What would Cora and Violet have worn as fashionable, aristocratic Victorian-era brides? Combining stories of wedding folklore, tiara legends, and royal brides as well as intriguing bits of fashion history (including what Vogue said about a bride’s décolletage), Cornelia Powell, wedding folklorist and bestselling author of The Bride’s Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself, presents beautiful images and delightful commentary with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the Downton Abbey costumers. Book signing to follow. Members only. Free for Members.
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.
“How to Costume the Costume Drama: Design, Adaptation, and Recycling at Downton”
How does the costume designer put together the look of a costume drama? Considerations of not only historic accuracy, but making a cohesive “look” for the production, reflecting the different characters and their status, age, mood, and development over time as well as looking right in the scenes’ setting, also play a part in decisions. Using vintage garments, reusing vintage fragments in newly made designs, designing new outfits, and reusing costumes designed for earlier productions set in Downton’s era are all strategies used by Downton’s costume designers over the years, to stunning effect. How all these competing considerations are juggled to create the cohesive and beautiful look of Downton Abbey will be the focus of this talk with Alden O'Brien, curator of costumes and textiles at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Washington, D.C.
"Behind Jack Ross: Jazz, Romance, and High Society Harlem"
Before Leslie Hutchinson—the inspiration for Jack Ross—arrived in London, he was part of a thriving community of African American entertainers, entrepreneurs, and activists who had been traveling to Europe since the 19th century. For her still-in-progress book The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, A’Lelia Bundles, Madam C. J. Walker biographer and chairman, Foundation for the National Archives, has explored Harlem’s elite and the fascinating network of transatlantic American, British, and French friendships and liaisons between the wars.
“Downton Undressed: Underwear and the Fashionable Ideal in the Teens and Twenties.”
H. Kristina Haugland, The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room, Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art, explores feminine undergarments and attitudes behind the revolutionary shift from Edwardian to modern aesthetics.
Historic Autos Lectures
On select Saturdays in May, there will be a lecture and/or display of historic autos associated with a particular theme. Visit the Historic Autos Web page for information on displays. Members free. Included with admission.
1:00 pm, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
"The Early Years "Grand Motor Cars and Great Country Houses, 1905–41"
Gregory J. Landrey, director of academic affairs at Winterthur, explores the types of vehicles that were common to the great country houses of England as well as the United States during the era depicted by the Downton Abbey television series, including such historic marques as Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Vanden Plas, Cadillac, and Marmon.
1:00 pm, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
"An Overview of Wood-bodied Station Wagons and Shooting Breaks"
There was a time when the bodies of certain motor cars were made of highly polished woods such as ash and mahogany. Gregory J. Landrey, director of academic affairs at Winterthur, will present examples of pre-war “woodies” and the firms that made them such as Cantrell and Murray. This lecture will coincide with a day-long exhibit of period wood-bodied sedans and work vehicles.