Costume drama Downton Abbey inspires costume exhibit

This article originally published August 3rd.

Many viewers of the Masterpiece Classic program Downton Abbey™ find themselves wishing they could spend some time in the early 1900s world of the Yorkshire estate, and this summer they can get pretty close in Lake Placid, close to the costumes at least, beautiful garments that graced the halls of the aristocratic Crawley family home.

Spotlight producer Paul Larson speaks with fans of the Dressing the Abbey exhibit at Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  The display features 35 costumes, all created for the drama by the London costume house Cosprop Ltd.  Fans say they appreciate seeing the lavish evening attire of the Crawleys, as well as the clothing that helped define the servants in the elegant home. 

Dressing the Abbey will be on exhibit daily from June 22 until September 10 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Lake Placid Center for the Arts is located at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid.

You may purchase tickets at the door.  Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for groups of 10 or more, and free for children under 10.  You’ll find more information at

This program is sponsored in part by Mountain Lake PBS, Mirror Lake Inn, Grand Adirondack Hotel, Hotel Saranac, North Country Radio and Adirondack Premier Properties.

The exhibition is developed and distributed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England. The exhibition is not endorsed by, sponsored by, licensed by, associated with, or otherwise affiliated with the television series Downton Abbey™, NBC Universal International, Carnival Film and Television Limited or their representatives.

Enjoy many Masterpiece series on Mountain Lake PBS Passport.  You’ll find more information at

Spotlight is made possible, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.  Spotlight is also supported by Hill and Hollow Music.