A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer & Tea at Providence Public Library - Sunday, February 23

With the approach of the Season Four Finale of the popular television drama Downton Abbey, Providence Public Library invites fans of the show to join cultural historian Madelyn Shaw for a discussion of the season’s fashion and a look at where -- sartorially -- the Grantham family has been and where they are heading.

The program will take place on Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence.  Following the lecture, participants are invited to gather for tea on the Library’s Grand Marble Staircase balcony.  The cost for the lecture and tea is $10 per person and will benefit PPL’s Adult Learning Programs.  Space is limited.  Millinery and attire from the era encouraged!

For complete information and to get tickets, visit: www.provlib.org/events/downton-abbey-fashion-primer-tea

A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer, 1912-1925

Fashion has a social role.  What we wear tells people a lot about who we are, or who we want others to think we are. The time span of the BBC costume drama Downton Abbey encompasses some of the most momentous social upheaval in British and American society, and the show’s costumers have worked hard to use the costumes to define character and to illustrate the place in society that the characters occupy.

The Speaker

Ms. Shaw is a well-respected museum curator and consultant, and has created exhibitions for the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the American Textile Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. She has been affiliated with The Museum at F.I.T., NY and the RI School of Design.  In addition to her expertise on textiles of the Civil War era, she also lectures on textiles connected with the maritime trades, aviation, and the fashion industry.

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.