In addition to the forty historically inspired costumes on display from the award-winning television show Downton Abbey, Winterthur has added even more sparkle to its blockbuster exhibition Costumes of Downton Abbey. Visitors will be wowed by three spectacular pieces of jewelry created for the show by British jewelry designer Andrew Prince.
Prince creates some of the finest crystal jewelry in the world—from spectacular tiaras, combs, and bands to elegant earrings, bracelets, and neck pieces. His clientele include stars of the stage and screen, royalty, couture houses, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Harrods. Lending his expertise to the acclaimed ITV hit television series Downton Abbey, Prince works extensively with the design team. With his exceptional knowledge of the history of jewelry, he works passionately to ensure each piece is a perfect representation of its time. As a contributing jeweler to the show, Prince has supplied the drama with more than 150 items during seasons three and four.
Three of Prince’s Downton creations are now on display at Winterthur. Studded with sparkling Swarovski crystals, a feather hair slide and a wave scroll tiara worn by Lady Mary in the third season and a double drop necklace of Swarovski crystals and pearls worn in the final Royal presentation scene of the fourth season were subsequently purchased by a private collector who has kindly lent them to Winterthur for the duration of the museum exhibition, which runs through January 4, 2015.
Designer Andrew Prince began his career at the young age of 16, with a particular interest in historically accurate jewelry. After working for Antiques Roadshow expert Ian Harris and renowned contemporary jeweler Elizabeth Gage, he struck out on his own. By 1992 his jewelry was being collected by the likes of Vogue style icon Isabella Blow, and he was asked to create pieces for celebrities, couture houses, television, and film. All the pieces in the Andrew Prince Collection are handmade in his London studio.
Prince will visit Winterthur November 22 and 23, with presentations at 1:00 pm both days in Copeland Lecture Hall. “From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and Fashion from 1890 to 1920” offers a lively discussion of the intimate connections between the great jewelers and couture houses as well as the many splendid characters and social and political events that helped shape the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Both lectures will be followed by a trunk show of Prince’s jewelry from 2:30 to 5:30 pm in the Visitor Center. Additionally, a stunning display of eight to twelve of his creations that also appeared on the Downton Abbey series will be on view—a real treat for enthusiasts.
The cost to attend each lecture and trunk show is $15 for Members and $25 for nonmembers. Admission to Costumes of Downton Abbey is an additional fee for nonmembers. As always, Members are free.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition inspired by the drama series that has taken America by storm. Visitors are invited to step into the world of Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition has attracted more than 175,000 visitors in the past eight months and has spawned a whole slew of fascinating programming at the museum.
The exhibition at Winterthur is presented by M&T Bank and DuPont, with support from the Glenmede Trust Company.
For reservations and more information, please call the Winterthur Information and Tours Office, 302.888.4600 or 800.448.3883.