Downton Abbey Exhibit Comes to Asheville's Historic Biltmore Estate in 2015
Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Vanderbilt family and their home, the Biltmore Estate, have some things in common with the popular show on PBS, Downtown Abbey. Set in the same era, both Downtown Abbey and the Biltmore dealt with similar issues of the time.
"The day-to-day running of the house was surprisingly similar to that of Downton Abbey,” says Biltmore’s Director of Museum Services Ellen Rickman. "Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to delve into Biltmore’s stories.”
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times is a new exhibit at the Biltmore Estate that opens February 5 and continues through Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. The exhibition features more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. The clothing will be showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore.
Although Downton Abbey is fictional, the show depicts an era of great change. The period costumes in the exhibition act as a window into history beginning in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic, moving into the tumultuous years of World War I, and finally through the dawn of the Jazz Age in the early 1920s. The waves of social change felt abroad also had lasting impact on the Vanderbilts, their servants, and Biltmore as a whole. New stories will be shared about George Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, and their daughter Cornelia, who lived in the 250-room Biltmore House. Themes in the exhibition include the evolution of fashion, nuances of etiquette and the changing roles of women. The life of service staff will also be explored, including the role of British citizens who worked at Biltmore.
Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of regular Biltmore Estate ticket purchases. Tickets are on sale to the public starting this month. A series of estate-wide special events in association with the Downtown Abbey exhibit at the Biltmore will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned!
The Downton exhibit at the Biltmore is just another reason to add it to your Asheville itinerary. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau sits on over 8,000 sprawling acres. Tour the estate and view the Vanderbilt family's original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Spend your day immersed in all that Biltmore has to offer. Enjoy dining, winery tours and more during your visit.
Make the most of your visit to the Biltmore by staying locally in a downtown Asheville vacation rental that offers close, convenient access to all of Asheville's must-see attractions. You'll be close to the downtown area, Pack Square Park, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, theaters, breweries, shopping and so much more. Vacation rentals offer you all of the comforts of home combined with the luxuries you'd expect while on vacation. Start making your plans for your next Asheville adventure now.
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