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Winterthur Museum presents ‘The Crown’ costume exhibition

Explore the elegance and style of a bygone era. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how costume design is used to create riveting drama and character development in Netflix Original's The Crown.

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, Costuming THE CROWN at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will feature 40 iconic costumes from the Emmy® and Golden Globe award-winning drama The Crown from March 30, 2019, through January 5, 2020. The Netflix Original series, produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television, is a dramatized history of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign. 

“Costuming THE CROWN” reveals everything from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the private looks worn by the royal family in quiet moments. The exhibition explains the importance of costume design to the story, showing how costume design is used to complement drama, re-create history, and define character. “Costuming THE CROWN” at Winterthur will be the first global comprehensive exhibition of costumes from seasons 1 and 2. Visitors will see how Emmy®– and BAFTA-winning designers Michele Clapton (season 1) and Jane Petrie (season 2) worked painstakingly to be authentic in the detailing of everything from King George’s medals and ribbons to Queen Elizabeth’s gowns.

Critics have lauded The Crown, nominated for 26 Primetime Emmy®Awards and winning multiple Golden Globes, including Best Drama. Clapton won an Emmy® for Outstanding Period Costumes, and Petrie won the Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Period Television for their work on the show.

Winterthur—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of American decorative arts, naturalistic gardens, and research library for the study of American art and material culture—is six miles from Wilmington, Delaware, in the historic Brandywine Valley. For more, call 800.448.3883, or visit 

“Costuming THE CROWN” will run from March 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020 at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735.

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