Setting the Scene at the Quilt Museum and Gallery

Furnishing Cottons Patchwork Coverlet

An exhibition of period quilts and costumes from our favourite TV historical dramas including Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Duchess and The Portrait of a Lady runs from 16 May  – 30 August, 2014, at the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York.

Setting the Scene will take visitors on a visually sumptuous journey from the late eighteenth century starting with a polonaise style dress typical of the 1770s, looped up to show a quilted petticoat worn by the Duchess of Devonshire in the film The Duchess featuring Keira Knightley and finishing with a purple dress which epitomises the grandeur of the Edwardian period, worn by Maggie Smith in her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey.  Alongside the costumes will be quilts from the Quilters' Guild Collection typical of each period, enabling visitors to make a visual link between the costumes and the quilts.

For more information about the exhibition and opening times for the Quilt Museum and Gallery click through to the Quilt Museum and Gallery web site.