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Love Lady Mary’s Style? “Cinematic Couture” At SCAD FASH Has “Downton Abbey,” “Victoria,” And More On Display

Costumes worn by Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria at SCAD Fash
Costumes worn by Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in "Victoria" at SCAD Fash's "Cinematic Couture" exhibit

We love tuning into Sunday night drama on Masterpiece, but have you ever found yourself drooling over the costumes worn by Victoria and Albert while they share a tense scene on Victoria?

If so, Cinematic Couture, the newly opened exhibit at Atlanta's SCAD FASH museum, is for you. With more than 50 costumes on display from the world-renowned London firm, Cosprop Ltd., you’ll get a close look at all of the detail that went into costuming the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Harry Selfridge, Elizabeth Bennet, and more.

 

Costumes worn by the cast of Downton Abbey at SCAD Fash
Costumes worn by the cast of "Downton Abbey" at SCAD Fash's "Cinematic Couture" exhibit

The exhibit features costumes from 24 films, including several Academy Award-winners, as well as several familiar British television series including Downton Abbey, Victoria, Mr. Selfridge, and Pride and Prejudice.

 

Wedding attire from Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility on display at SCAD Fash
Wedding attire featured in "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" on display at SCAD Fash's "Cinematic Couture" exhibit

The costumes are grouped mostly by historical era and for those who have trouble keeping track of if a rococo gown appeared in Dangerous Liasions or The Duchess, SCAD FASH offers an online guide that includes the film or television show, actor, character, costume designer, and more, so you’ll be able to read about every stunning look on your mobile device. 

 

Costumes worn by the cast of Mr. Selfridge at SCAD Fash
Costumes worn by the cast of "Mr. Selfridge" on display at SCAD Fash's "Cinematic Couture" exhibit

Our favorite sections of the exhibit focusing on Masterpiece programming were some of Downton Abbey’s early ensembles, including Robert and Cora’s costumes from the Season 1 finale and Mary’s red gown with pleated chiffon, as well as Queen Victoria’s stunning wedding gown and costume ball gown from Victoria, complete with crowns. Beyond Masterpiece, fans of the film Ever After: A Cinderella Story should not miss Danielle’s “Just Breathe” gown and wings, originally worn by Drew Barrymore.

 

Costumes from Ever After and Downton Abbey at SCAD Fash
Costumes worn by Drew Barrymore in "Evert After" and Maggie Smith in "Downton Abbey" at SCAD Fash's "Cinematic Couture" exhibit

Finally, if you are interested in the materials and construction of these pieces, we noticed several SCAD FASH docents who were more than happy to explain the breakdown of the various outfits on display. While visitors are not allowed to touch the costumes, non-flash photography is allowed in order to capture and remember the beautiful ensembles and intricate construction techniques.

Costumes worn by the cast of The Duchess at SCAD Fash
Costumes worn by the cast of "The Duchess" at SCAD Fash's "Cinematic Couture" exhibit

Cinematic Couture at SCAD FASH is open now through March 3, 2019. Season 3 of Victoria premieres on GPB on January 13, 2019 and Pride and Prejudice, featuring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, premieres on GPB on January 20, 2019. Catch up with all of your favorite Masterpiece shows, including Downton Abbey, on GPB Passport.

 

Rachel Buchman Guest Blogger

Rachel Buchman serves as the Social Media Community Manager at GPB. She earned her degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and has been contributing to GPB’s social media platforms since 2016. She is an avid British and Australian TV fan with a love for all things Masterpiece Theatre. Outside... more