THE costumes that have clothed film stars in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and television’s most-watched dramas are set to take centre stage at an upcoming exhibition.

A handpicked collection of 35 tailored pieces will go on show at Preston Park Museum, in Stockton, from December 22 to March 3, 2019.

Original costumes worn by the stars and a range of replicas were created for Dr Who, Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, The Crown, Downton Abbey, Poldark, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Shakespeare in Love, Memoirs of a Geisha, Cleopatra and Titanic.

Highlights of the Angels Costumes exhibition include the Coronation dress worn by Claire Foy in The Crown, and a costume worn by Aidan Turner in Poldark, as well as Harrison Ford’s iconic Indiana Jones costume.

Angels Costume house has been providing costumes to the stage and screen for seven generations since 1840 and its name has been sewn into thousands of costumes worn by some of the most iconic stars of the cinema and TV.

The firm have supplied costumes to 37 films that went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. In 2016, Angels received a BAFTA for its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “We’re extremely excited to be hosting such a fantastic and extensive exhibition showcasing some of the amazing costumes from The Crown, Downton Abbey and Poldark, along with many others from top TV shows and films.

“Visitors to Behind the Seams will have a unique chance to view these costumes and see some of the incredible detail up close.

“Given the popularity of these much-loved TV shows and films, we’re expecting a high level of interest in this exhibition. We’re hoping there will be a real buzz about Behind the Seams, and no doubt it will generate lots of conversation about the most memorable costumes of all time.”

Early booking is recommended for the exhibition and tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions in addition to the normal admission prices for Preston Park Museum. Children under 16 go free.

Advance tickets are available to book online by visiting

A selection of VIP Tea and Tour days will also be taking place in January and February. Tickets cost £18 per person and include a guided tour of the exhibition as well as an opportunity to delve in to the museum’s vast collection of over 3,000 costumes, telling the story of fashion through the ages.

Afterwards, guests can enjoy cream tea and a glass of fizz in the Winter Garden.

Behind the Seams will be open to visitors from 10am until 4pm, with last admission at 3.30pm, from Tuesdays to Sundays. Preston Park Museum and Grounds is closed on Mondays, except during school holidays, and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.