Downton Abbey® Costume Exhibition To Open At Muzeo Museum Of Anaheim


One of the most widely watched dramas in the world is touring its wardrobe in an exhibition showcasing 36 period costumes from Downton Abbey®. For the only West Coast appearance, Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is proud to announce that it will host Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times February 12 through May 7, 2017. The exhibition, produced by Exhibits Development Group in collaboration with NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Films/PBS Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey®, will tour North America through 2017.

“We are thrilled to be the West Coast host of this exquisite exhibition. Because we are able to provide a central location in Southern California, we look forward to bringing guests from all over to experience Center City Anaheim,” says Executive Director Dan Finley.

Set in the early twentieth century, Dressing Downton traces the events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I and ushered in the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age and a new way of life.

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. Included are the gowns worn when Matthew first comes to Downton; the ostentatious outfits of the flamboyant American, Martha Levinson; military uniforms from World War I; and delicate afternoon dresses worn by the Ladies – Cora, Mary, Edith and Sybil.

The exhibition’s award-winning costumes were created for the British hit drama, Downton Abbey® and were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. Since 1986, when the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded to a Cosprop designer, the company has supplied costumes for 29 nominated films.  In 2011 and 2012, four of the five films nominated for Best Costume Design included costumes from Cosprop.

Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2014 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.


  1. What an important expenditure of our money

  2. Muzeo is a wonderful museum and yes, the arts are an important expenditure of money. It’s a great excuse to come to downtown Anaheim instead of Downtown Disney.

  3. Yes. Wasn’t that clear enough the first time ?

  4. The costumes of Downton Abbey don’t merit this expediture.

  5. You do realize the Museum has other exhibits? The Downtown Abbey wardrobe collection is a draw and will attract a crowd. Muzeo is a great museum, certainly on par with Bowers in Santa Ana. Adding exhibits like this is exactly what museums ought to be doing.

  6. OK, I will bite. This is a chance for MUZEO to draw serious revenue from attendance rather than the taxpayer. Visitors are already coming in from ALL OVER THE US, combining visits with family/friends in Anaheim to coincide with the exhibit, or because they missed the east coast opportunities. The largest fan base in the world for Downton is in China (where English butlers have become THE must-have status symbol and they can name their own price for a job) and we know Disney and others in the tourism industry are specifically marketing to those Chinese dollars. MUZEO is the only location on the West Coast that offers this exhibit, and is the most likely to grab those Chinese tourist bucks. If we want MUZEO to reduce dependence on the public teat, does it not make sense to offer commercially viable exhibits that get people to spend their money on admission and the gift shop? I would think those of us looking for fiscally sound programs to maximize “public private partnership” dollars would be thrilled at MUZEO offering something on such a world class level as this. The collections are priceless and well worth the trip.

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