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To fete last night's third season premiere of Downton Abbey, Philadelphia University's Design Center was invited to prepare a display of 1920s fashion for WHYY. Curator Sarah Moore looked to fashions from the earlier part of the '20s for the exhibit, sourcing authentic women's dresses from the era. Think: sheer sleeves, jacquard and metallic detailing, Asian influences, and décolletage-revealing necklines. (You'll find additional images of the exhibit on The Design Center's Instagram account.)
Philadelphia University's Design Center houses over 200,000 objects related to textiles and fashion and is home to the largest historic print collection in the country, with 100,000 swatches in total.
· What would Lady Mary wear? [Newsworks]
· The Design Center at Philadelphia University [Official Site]
· The Design Center [Instagram]