Downton Abbey: The Exhibition launched by wefie-taking cast members

Actress Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith on Downton Abbey, takes a wefie with a fan at Marina Bay Sands.
Actress Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith on Downton Abbey, takes a wefie with a fan at Marina Bay Sands. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Michael Fox with a fan of Downton Abbey at Marina Bay Sands.
Michael Fox with a fan of Downton Abbey at Marina Bay Sands. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(From left) Downton Abbey cast members and executives are Jim Carter, Kevin Doyle, Laura Carmichael, Gareth Neame, show creator Julian Fellowes, Phyllis Logan, Michael Fox, Liz Trubridge and Sophie McShera.
(From left) Downton Abbey cast members and executives are Jim Carter, Kevin Doyle, Laura Carmichael, Gareth Neame, show creator Julian Fellowes, Phyllis Logan, Michael Fox, Liz Trubridge and Sophie McShera. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
The recreation of the Downton Abbey dining room at the exhibition.
The recreation of the Downton Abbey dining room at the exhibition.PHOTO: NBCUNIVERSAL
A recreation of the Downton Abbey kitchen at the exhibition.
A recreation of the Downton Abbey kitchen at the exhibition. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Souvenirs from Downton Abbey: The Exhibition gift shop.
Souvenirs from Downton Abbey: The Exhibition gift shop. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Visitors to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition can shop for a souvenir at the gift shop.
Visitors to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition can shop for a souvenir at the gift shop. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Souvenirs from Downton Abbey: The Exhibition gift shop.
Souvenirs from Downton Abbey: The Exhibition gift shop. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
On display at the exhibition are over 50 costumes worn by the cast over the six seasons including Lady Mary and Lady Edith's dazzling evening dresses.
On display at the exhibition are over 50 costumes worn by the cast over the six seasons including Lady Mary and Lady Edith's dazzling evening dresses. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
On display are over 50 costumes worn by the cast over the six seasons including Lady Mary and Lady Edith's dazzling evening dresses.
On display are over 50 costumes worn by the cast over the six seasons including Lady Mary and Lady Edith's dazzling evening dresses. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Among the displays at the exhibit are props and costumes worn by cast members on the show.
Among the displays at the exhibit are props and costumes worn by cast members on the show. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Hats worn by the cast members on display at the exhibition.
Hats worn by the cast members on display at the exhibition. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - There was no upper class or working class at Wednesday night's (June 21) official launch of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, the world-travelling show commemorating the popular British period drama television series.

But classiness characterised all the cast members who attended the red carpet event at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, as well as the show's creator Julian Fellowes.

Actors including Jim Carter, Michael Fox and Laura Carmichael, along with Fellowes, walked the red carpet and took pictures with about 100 fans of the show.

Fellowes, who was visiting Singapore for the first time, said: "The whole thing's surreal. I started out making a TV show and suddenly it becomes a world phenomenon and this is such an expression of that. I'm overwhelmed by all of it."

The multi-million dollar, five-year touring exhibition opened here to the public on June 17 and will run till July 31 before going to other cities around the world, including Sydney, New York and Toronto.

Among the exhibits are more than 50 costumes worn by the cast, including the glamorous dresses of Carmichael's character, Lady Edith. The "fully immersive" exhibition at the Sands Expo And Convention Centre also recreates rooms of Downton Abbey.

The show, which aired from 2010 to 2015, is set between the years 1912 and 1926 and depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in a fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. It won an Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

Downton Abbey fan Evelyn Lai, 53, who was at the red carpet, said: "Meeting the cast today was simply indescribable. I'll be visiting the exhibits next."