I was extremely fortunate to attend as a representative of Interweave Press, because I'm writing an article about the exhibit for them, to be published in the fall. I was a little blown out of the water to be signing the guest sheet right after a representative from the Smithsonian Magazine.
The press briefing was chock-full of interesting information and tid-bits and perspective for my article, plus delicious food. Is delicious food a typical feature of press briefings? If so, I need to find a way to start attending more of them.
After the information session we made our way up to the gallery, not quite finished yet, to see the costumes. They are cleverly arranged by time of day—you make your way from early morning through the day to late evening. In addition to the three dresses pictured below, the exhibit includes pieces worn by all major characters, including the downstairs staff, plus information about the similarities and differences to life on an American country estate.
YES. I saw all three of these dresses IN PERSON.
Me, with Mary and Matthew from the engagement!