Biltmore’s conservators were busy Wednesday morning October 1, 2014, installing a costume that sets the stage for the exhibition premiering at Biltmore Feb. 5, 2015, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times." The costume will be displayed for visitors to view in the Second Floor Living Hall in Biltmore House Oct. 1, 2014, until the exhibition’s opening day on Feb. 5. The preview costume was worn by Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, during season 1 of "Downton Abbey" covering the years 1913-1914. Violet’s wardrobe is designed to enhance the character’s imperious nature and to reflect an earlier Edwardian style, rather than following the modern fashions of the younger members of the family. Maggie Smith wore this costume for the flower show and garden party in episodes 5 and 7. The alpaca coat and silk skirt were newly made by costume house Cosprop for Susanna Buxton, the show’s Emmy award winning designer, whereas the cotton blouse is a melding of old lace and contemporary fabrics.