In early 2015, Biltmore presented an extra special exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times," on display inside the Biltmore House. Biltmore did an extraordinary job of integrating 45 costumes in 19 of the elegant rooms of the house. You'll felt as if you arrived just in time for a visit, party or tea!
Display panels with each costume had a photo of the costume from the show with interesting details about the design and tidbits about life in the era. Biltmore House came alive like never before!
The Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate bears a striking visual resemblance to the show’s setting at Highclere Castle, making it easy for you to blur storylines and experience for themselves a bit of life 100 years ago.
Themes in the exhibition included the evolution of fashion, nuances of etiquette and the changing roles of women. The life of service was explored, including the role of British citizens who worked at Biltmore. Costumes on display ranged from country tweeds, to servants’ uniforms, to lavish gowns and evening attire cut from fine fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading.
These photos are just a sampling of the exhibit! See our Biltmore Estate Guide for more things to do and upcoming exhibits.