Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Vt. Humanities program focuses on “Downton Abbey” fashion

Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. — RUTLAND — The Rutland Free Library presents a Vermont Humanities’ “First Wednesdays” lecture on Oct. 1, in the Fox Room at Rutland Free Library. Middlebury College artist-in-residence Julie Emerson will discuss the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the popular PBS Series “Downton Abbey.” Her talk, “The Costumes of Downton Abbey,” is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m.

Emerson has been an Artist-in-Residence, costume designer, and professor at Middlebury College since 1990. Prior to coming to Middlebury, she worked professionally as a costume artist for television, feature films, commercials, and the professional theatre. Her professional credits include “The Wonder Years,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus,” “Private Lives for the California Repertory Theatre,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Olney Theatre Center (which was a 1998 Helen Hayes award nominee for Outstanding Costume Design). She is a recipient of the J.S. Seidman Award and earned her MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at the Rutland Free Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Rutland include: “Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the music of 1911” with pianist Michael Arnowitt on Nov. 5, “Jesus: The Human Face of God” with Middlebury College professor Jay Parini on Dec. 3; and “Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh” with author Reeve Lindbergh on Jan. 7.

For more info, call 802-773-1860, or email or

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