Welcome to Downton Abbey
If you’ve been fantasizing about immaculate riding costumes and white-tie dinners ever since Downton Abbey aired its final episode, American anglophiles have been offered one final chance to return to the English countryside: an immersive exhibition in midtown Manhattan that allows you to stroll past flawlessly staged rooms from the manor filled with familiar props and costumes. Just steps from Columbus Circle, Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition is part-shrine, part-museum, and part-gift shop (be sure to pick up a t-shirt emblazoned with one of the Dowager Countess’ sassiest sayings on the way out).
The Exhibition had its world-premiere this summer in Singapore. “The design challenge was getting the exhibition we had into a venue in midtown Manhattan,” said Nick Young, who oversaw the exhibit.
“Hopefully when you walk through, you’ll see that there’s a real flow, and you really feel like you’re inside Downton Abbey,” Young said.
Mrs. Patmore’s beloved kitchen is perfectly reproduced, complete with a pot on the stove that steams.
Lady Mary’s bedroom was the site of one of the show’s most memorable scenes: the scandalous mid-coital death of Kemal Pamuk.
Several of the show’s original costumes are on display, including the livery worn by the scheming Thomas.
The exhibition’s top floor has Lady Mary and Lady Sybil’s first and second wedding dresses on display (and the dress worn by Lady Rose in London).
Edith’s second wedding gown is one of the most detailed and intricate of the collection.
Relive the romance of Matthew and Mary’s love with Mary’s first wedding dress.
Lady Edith wore this pink number in season 4 as she began to come into her own.
Lady Mary’s seafoam mermaid-style dress was one of her sexiest looks on the show.
The Crawleys’ riding costumes look as dapper as ever.
The men’s fashion is interesting but far less sparkly than the ladies’.
Daytime looks get their due at the exhibition.
A ball-gown style beaded number for Rose to be presented at court.
Sybil’s scene-stealing harem pants are visible on the right.
Nearly every character has an iconic outfit represented.