As you may, or may not, know, costumes from Downton Abbey have started their North American road tour, thanks to the generous folks at London’s top-notch costume house Cosprop, Ltd. And what a tour it is. It began February 5th at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, and will run there until May 25, 2015.
At present, they are scheduled to be exhibited in 22 cities. You can find the latest and most complete North American tour schedule at dressingdownton.com. These are the dates published as of today:
February 2015 – May 2015: Asheville, North Carolina
June 2015 – September 2015: Oshkosh, WI
Paine Art Center and Gardens
October 2015 – January 2016: Richmond, VA
Virginia Historical Society
February 2016 – May 2016: Chicago, IL
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
July 2016 – September 2016: Cincinnati, OH
Taft Museum of Art
October 2016 – January 2017: South Bend, IN
Northern Indiana Center for History
February 2017 – May 2017: Anaheim, CA
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
June 2017 – September 2017: Nashville, TN
Cheekwood Art & Gardens
October 2017 – January 2018: St. Augustine, FL
The Lightner Museum
As you can see, this “only” covers the next three years.
So far, the closest exhibition for me will be in Anaheim, California, in two years. By then young Master Crawley will have graduated Eton and Downton may well be into the days leading up to WWII. But it doesn’t matter – it’s on my calendar for 2017. In ink.
And if Bates and Anna aren’t safely, comfortably and quite happily together – forever!! – by then I shall never forgive Julian Fellowes his hard artistic heart.