From High Collars to Bee’s Knees: The Downton Abbey Era In Connecticut

Dec 4, 2015 - Jan 30, 2016

Inspired by the PBS drama Downton Abbey, From High Collars to Bee’s Knees: The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut explores the fashion trends that reflected the tumultuous social events occurring in the early 20th century. Members of our Fashion Affinity Group, a volunteer group with particular interest in our costume collection, selected the costumes for the exhibit, choosing those which best exemplified the richness of the CHS collection and the fashion trends of the 1910s and 1920s. Styles changed dramatically in these decades, moving from the corseted silhouettes, long sleeves, floor-skimming skirts, and, yes, high collars of pre-World War I to the daring, short, straight, and revealing looks of the flapper age. And if fabulous frocks weren’t enough, we also include accessories from turbans to cloches to give you a full picture of a very fashionable era in Connecticut.

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