March 07, 2016

Special Exhibition Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at the Driehaus Museum Extended Through May 29, 2016

CHICAGO — The special exhibition, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, which opened February 9 at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, will be extended through the end of May closing on Sunday, May 29, 2016.  It was originally scheduled to close May 8.

“Due to the overwhelming response and popularity of the exhibition, which has attracted guests beyond fans of the show Downton Abbey®, the Driehaus Museum is pleased to be able to extend the exhibition through Memorial Day weekend,” said the Driehaus Museum’s Executive Director, Lise Dubé-Scherr. “We are delighted to see such a positive response to the beautiful costumes and their presentation in the historic Nickerson mansion. The addition of three more weeks will allow even more visitors to enjoy the exhibition before it moves on to its next venue, the Taft Museum in Cincinnati.”

The popularity of the Dressing Downton exhibition has resulted in record high ticket sales and many new members to the Driehaus Museum since the announcement of the exhibition was released in June 2015.

The English Tea Experience will not extend past May 8.

About the Exhibition
Celebrate the sixth and final season of the beloved period drama Downton Abbey®, at Chicago’s Own American Palace, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The award-winning costumes are produced by renowned London costume house Cosprop Ltd. Many use original fabrics and embellishments from the early 20th century, while others are re-created from old photographs, paintings, patterns, and magazine pictures. The exhibition offers an immersive new perspective on the show’s most memorable characters, both upstairs and down, while chronicling the great changes taking place in Britain during the tumultuous early 20th century.

The costumes are presented in an immersive context, surrounded by the lavish interiors of the Driehaus Museum — once the drawing rooms, living rooms, libraries, and bedrooms of the affluent Nickerson and Fisher families of Chicago. The stories of the Fishers in particular, an urban family of new industry wealth who lived in the house from 1901 to 1914, create a fascinating contrast to the aristocratic lifestyle of the Crawley family in the British countryside.


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Special Exhibition Faces and Fortunes: Chicago Fashion 1910-1921

To compliment the Dressing Downton exhibition, the Driehaus Museum has curated a special companion historic photograph exhibition, Faces and Fortunes: Chicago Fashion 1910-1921.This exhibition features 15 photographs highlighting the clothing worn by aristocratic Chicagoans during the same time period as Downton Abbey

About Dressing Downton Tickets

Due to the popularity of the exhibition and its extension, Driehaus Museum visitors will be required to purchase advance tickets online or by phone. Tickets will be available for purchase at or by calling 312-482-8933, ext. 21. Self-guided admission, an audio tour, and an exhibition guide are included in the price of general admission to Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.

Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times is produced by Exhibits Development Group in collaboration with Cosprop Ltd., London, NBCUniversal International Television Production, and Carnival Films.  © 2015 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.  The special exhibition is touring North America through 2018.

About the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age.  The lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection. For more information about the Museum, visit

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611

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For all media inquiries regarding Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, contact Lindsay Silk-Kremenak, 312-482-8933, ext. 39 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Michelle Molise, 313-549-3137 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Press images for Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times can be found on the Press section of the Driehaus Museum website.



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