SOLD OUT – Tea & Talk – “Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925”

July 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
$28 with advance reservation; $32 day of


Downton Abbey has been a television phenomenon watched by fans throughout the UK and the USA followed by the wildly successful traveling exhibition. Like other British costume dramas, the clothing is presented with attention given to meticulous detail.

Historic textile and costume expert Susan J. Jerome will present facts to weave into her story of “Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925” here on Tuesday, July 9 at 4:00 pm. A Victorian tea will follow.

Jerome will explore the social, technological, and political developments of the early 20th century as reflected in the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing. Her visual presentation will look back at what was fashionable, or not, as a way of understanding why people wore what they did.

She will have her audience look at some of the influential designers and other persons involved in the years spanning the Downton Abbey series. Time will be given for questions and discussion, which are encouraged.

Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Jerome also works as a textile and quilt conservator at CT Quilt Works in Mystic, and a consultant to museums and historical societies. An avid textilian, she is happiest when writing, talking and doing all things concerning textiles.

The summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Cost to attend is $28 with advance reservation; $32 day of. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.