Monday, October 15, 2012

A step back in time

Sunday I went to another event with a friend. A little bit of a time travel experience stepping back in time to the beginning of the century and the times of Downton Abbey. At the Hallwyl museum they just opened an exhibition on the costumes from the master piece series - Downton Abbey that I think almost everyone has been following. The very moment I heard there was going to be an exhibition on the dresses and outfits from the series I wanted to come here and see it.
 
This is the perfect location for this exhibition as the Hallwyl house is from the beginning of the century. It was the most modern and luxurious house of Stockholm in those times and the many rooms are still beautiful. Most of the dresses are originals from the series that have been worn by the characters. You can recognize serveral of them from particular scenes out of Downton Abbey. The remaining dresses once belonged to the family members of the Hallwyl family that lived here.

So here you get to see some of Lady Mary, Lady Sybil, and Lady Edith's dresses. 

The exhibition seemd very popular even if it just opened. We were there in line shortly before the museum opened and there was already a long line of people queing. The line had grown considerably by the time we left. 

I love these summer garden party outfits. There are so many fine details on these dresses. A lace collar, fine pieces of embrodery, ribons, pearls ect. Fancy waist bands. Details of semi transparentness. Stones and pearls woven into the most beautiful fabrics. I was wondering how you do laundry on such fine dresses. I guess you would have to wash them by hand very carefully.
 
Even the servants such as the butler and main house maid that carried out their jobs and services around the family had quite fancy and fine dress uniforms. The vest on this butler uniform is an amazing piece in fine satin adding some color to the uniform that makes all the difference. To the right are examples of fine evening dresses from the series worn as dinner dresses. I read somewhere here that Lady Mary has a very large wardrobe in the series and she would change her outfit serveral times a day even at some days.

I think this is my favorite among the dresses at this exhibtion. I love the black lace and all the small shiny pearls that are woven into the lace. It is almost hard to see but this dress has semitransparent arms. It shows some skin but still gives coverage. I love the cuts on these dresses, loose but yet very flattering for the body. The loong necklaces is another favorite. I have always loved the clothes from this period around the 1920'ties.
 
As you can see this house museum offer the perfect surroundings and enviroment for this dress and costume exhibition. These outfits much have cost a small fortune to buy as they were all hand tailored and very fine materials were used.

 When E and I were done with the Downton Abbey dresses we first went for a very nice long walk around Djurgården. Then influenced by the fine aristocratic times and enviroment that we had just stepped into before our walk we decided that the perfect way to end the day would be to by treating ourselfs to some afternoon tea.
 
So we had afternoon tea at Svenskt Tenn. This is were Lotta and I tried to have tea when she was here but unfortunately then they closed early as the entire tea reception had been booked by a large party of some sort. But now I finally did get the chance to go for tea here.
 
They have a large selection of different kinds of tea on their tea menu. Then they also have all the classic small sandwiches and pastries that go with afternoon tea.
 
This apple tart was to die for. Totally devine. I completely fell in love with the tiny sauce cup containing vanilla cream. Such a tiny and cute sauce cup it almost felt like part of one of those doll house tea serving sets.

10 comments:

Millan said...

ah det later som en perfekt helg tycker jag! Choklad pa lordagen och museum och fika pa sondagen. My kind of weekend!! Vad skoj att fa se alla de vackra klanningarna fran borjan av 19-hundratalet. Jag alskar Downtown Abbey! Sarskilt gillar jag Maggie Smiths roll :-).

Kram

Desiree said...

Millan, ja Maggie Smith är ju kult. Hur cool som helst! Jättekul att få se dessa otroligt fina klänningar. Man kunde gå riktigt nära och kika på alla vackra detaljer.
Kram!

Lotta said...

Underbart! Utställningen, promenad på Djurgården och så afternoon tea på Svenskt Tenn. Önskar jag varit med! Älskar alltihopa. Hallwyska är en favorit och kläderna från 20-talet kan jag inte se mig mätt på.

Vilken fin början på dagen att läsa om din söndag!

Kram!

Annika said...

Jag har aldrig varit på det museet. Jag har ofta tänkt att jag ska gå, men det har aldrig blivit AV!!
Vilken urmysig söndag, 0ch den där äppelkakan ser ju så god ut!!
Downton Abbey har vi inte heller sett fastän det går på PBS. Ska ta och skaffa säsong 1 efersom verkligen ALLA talar så gott om det.
Kram!!

Desiree said...

Lotta, tack det blev en riktigt härlig söndag. Ja hela denna helg blev väldigt bra med mycket att njuta av. Om du går på te på Svenskt Tenn framöver så kan jag rekomendera denna äppeltart. Riktigt god.
Kram!

Annika, åh du bara MÅSTE kolla in Downton Abbey. Jag kollade inte på den från början själv men i sommras så visade de repris på både säsong ett och två och sedan var jag helt hooked. Ja till och med Calle som inte är så mycket för kostymdrama frågar mig nu när säsong tre ska börja. Man förstår att den blivit mycket hyllad. Du kommer att älska den.
Kram!

Jane said...

Vad mysigt. Har du sett 3 säsongen på Downton som du börjat sändas? MAggie Smith är i fin form igen.
Kram!

Anne said...

Downtown Abbey känns det som jag är den enda som inte sett... Har den på listan men det har inte blivit av. Såg Annika inte heller kollat men att du lobbade för att hon ska se. Jag blev inspirerad av det och tror det är dags att kolla. Jag gillar börja kolla serier lite i efterhand, så man kan se många avsnitt på raken och så att säga se ikapp för att sen börja följa en serie live.

Håller med dig om en dragning till 1920-talets design. Jag tycker i princip alla plagg du visar här är helt fantastiska. Skulle gärna ha flera av skapelserna i min 2012-talets garderob.
Den svarta du nämmner som favorit är urläcker.

KRAM

Christina said...

åååhh, vilken utställning.
Kommer ihåg en serie jag älskade när jag växte upp, kommer nu inte på vad den hette men den var om två systrar som skapade sitt egna modehus. Älskade att titta på de vackra kläderna från 20-talet.

Ett inlägg i toppklass igen! Kram!

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