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Downton Abbey: Fashion and Social Change

"Downton Abbey" is a television phenomenon, watched by fans throughout the UK and the USA. Like other British costume dramas, the costumes are presented with attention given to meticulous detail.

This program explores the many changes that occurred throughout the time period depicted in Downton Abbey and how these changes influenced fashion. The social, technological, and political changes of the early twentieth century were reflected in the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing. This powerpoint presentation will look back at what was fashionable - real or otherwise. We will look at some of the influential designers and other persons involved in the years of the first five seasons. 

Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport Museum and continues to do so as a part-time employee. Ms. Jerome also works as a textile and quilt conservator, and a consultant to museums and historical societies. An avid textilian, she is happiest when writing, talking and doing all things textile.

Free event; no registration required.  This program is sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

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