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'Downton Abbey' costumes on display at Delaware museum

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  • Costumes from the hit British television drama "Downton Abbey" are now on display in a new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del.

      Costumes from the hit British television drama "Downton Abbey" are now on display in a new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del.
    Associated Press

  • A new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum offers visitors a firsthand look at the design and creation of the period fashions that are a focal point of "Downton Abbey," in the context of comparing country house life in Britain and the United States.

      A new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum offers visitors a firsthand look at the design and creation of the period fashions that are a focal point of "Downton Abbey," in the context of comparing country house life in Britain and the United States.
    Associated Press

  • Kate Sahmel, a textile conservator, steams the engagement dress of character Mary worn in the British television drama "Downton Abbey" during preparations for an exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del.

      Kate Sahmel, a textile conservator, steams the engagement dress of character Mary worn in the British television drama "Downton Abbey" during preparations for an exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Officials at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware say an exhibit of costumes from the hit British television drama "Downton Abbey" could turn out to be the most popular in history of the former du Pont family country estate.

The exhibit, which opened recently and runs through January 2015, will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the design and creation of the period fashions that are a focal point of the television show and a comparison of country house life in Britain and the United States.

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Winterthur director David Roselle said that partly based on advance ticket purchases, he expects attendance for the exhibit will be the largest in Winterthur history.

In addition to 40 historically inspired costumes, the exhibit includes photographs, lectures, workshops and other events.

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