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Downton Abbey (PBS) Season 1,2010. Shown: Shown from left: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern. FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films

ASHEVILLE, NC.- Biltmore announces a new exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” opening February 5 and continuing through Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Designed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, the exhibition features more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.” The clothing will be showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, the grand Vanderbilt estate of the same era.

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Downton Abbey (PBS)Season 1,2010. Shown: Maggy Smith. FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

Although “Downton Abbey” is fictional, the show depicts an era of great change. The period costumes in the exhibition act as a window into history beginning in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic, moving into the tumultuous years of World War I, and finally through the dawn of the Jazz Age in the early 1920s. The waves of social change felt abroad also had lasting impact on the Vanderbilts, their servants, and Biltmore as a whole. New stories will be shared about George Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, and their daughter Cornelia, who lived in the 250-room Biltmore House.

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Downton Abbey (PBS)Season 1,2010. Shown: Maids in line. FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

The Vanderbilts’ home bears striking visual resemblance to the show’s setting at Highclere Castle, making it easy for visitors to blur storylines and experience for themselves a bit of life a hundred years ago. “The day-to-day running of the house was surprisingly similar to that of Downton Abbey,” says Biltmore’s Director of Museum Services Ellen Rickman. “Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to delve into Biltmore’s stories.”

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

Themes in the exhibition include the evolution of fashion, nuances of etiquette and the changing roles of women. The life of service staff will also be explored, including the role of British citizens who worked at Biltmore. Costumes on display will range from country tweeds, to servants’ uniforms, to lavish gowns and evening attire cut from fine fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading. The award-winning costumes, created by renowned London costume house Cosprop Ltd., were designed with inspiration from old photographs and historic patterns. Some are original pieces from the time period, while others incorporate antique decorative elements that inspired the overall costume design.

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of regular estate ticket purchases. Complementing the exhibition will be a series of estate-wide special events at Biltmore to be announced at a later date.

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

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Downton Abbey (PBS). FILM STILL CREDIT: ©Carnival Films.

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Costumes worn by Lady Mary Crawley, left, and Matthew Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the billiards room at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Cora and Robert Crawley, Countess and Earl of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Charles Carson, the butler in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, foreground, and Robert and Cora Crawley, Earl and Countess of Grantham, background in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Robert and Cora Crawley, Earl and Countess of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stands on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Robert and Cora Crawley, Earl and Countess of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Lady Sybil Crawley, left, and Lady Edith Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Matthew Crawley, left, and Lady Mary Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Lady Mary Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the library at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Lady Mary Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the library at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Lady Edith Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Tapestry Gallery at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Lady Edith Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Tapestry Gallery at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Traveling outfits worn by Ladies Mary and Edith Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the Tapestry Gallery at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by chauffeur Tom Branson in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Tapestry Gallery at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Lady Sybil Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Tapestry Gallery at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Martha Levinson, left, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, center, and Lady Edith Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the second floor living hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Lady Edith Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the second floor living hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Martha Levinson, left, and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the second floor living hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A tweed wool suit worn by Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Mr. Vanderbilt’s Bedroom at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A tweed wool suit worn by Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Mr. Vanderbilt’s Bedroom at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Lady Sybil Crawley, left, and Virginia Woolf in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Lady Mary Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands alongside a traditional lady’s maid dress in Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Bedroom at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Lady Mary Crawley in « Downton Abbey » stands alongside a traditional lady’s maid dress in Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Bedroom at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Costumes worn in Season 4 of « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the third floor living hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Costumes worn by debutantes in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the third floor living hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by American jazz singer Jack Ross in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the third floor living hall at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Dresses worn by Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, left, and Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in « Downton Abbey » stand on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in « Downton Abbey » stands on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Martha Levinson in « Downton Abbey » stands on display at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A dress worn by Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the Louis XV room at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Outfits worn by Matthew Crawley, left, and Harold Levinson in « Downton Abbey » stand on display in the lower floor at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A day suit worn by Matthew Crawley « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the lower floor at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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A suit worn by Harold Levinson in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the lower floor at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by Beryl Patmore, cook in « Downton Abbey », stands on display in the kitchen at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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An outfit worn by assistant cook Daisy in « Downton Abbey » stands on display in the kitchen at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Clothes worn by a footman and a valet in ‘Downton Abbey’ costumes stand on display in the servants dining room at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Clothes worn by the housekeeper and a maid in ‘Downton Abbey’ costumes stand on display in the servants dining room at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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Servants clothing from ‘Downton Abbey’ costumes stand on display in the servants dining room at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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« Downton Abbey » costumes stand on display in a first floor room at Biltmore (Photo: Katie Bailey/bkbailey@citizen-times.com)

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