So Downton Abbey has spanned over a decade of the character's lives but also over a decade of fashion. I know it may bore a lot of people but the show has attracted attention for the dresses and hats etc. and I just wanted a chat to appreciate the effort.
What are your favourite/ most memorable outfits? Any interesting fashion observations? Comments about how fashion has changed?
I'm not a fashionista by any stretch, I just appreciate when someone looks nice.
Edith's clothes have been stunning! She has been blowing me away this series. Mary on the other hand has looked nice at best, but she rarely looks particularly mindblowing. Her green and gold dress was good, but it looked like she stole it from Edith's wardrobe.
Mary was absolutely lovely on her wedding day.
I saw in an interview that because of the success of the series, they had much more money to spend on wardrobe this season.
A part of me only wants to see Bertie and Edith's wedding so I can see her wedding dress. If it weren't for that I would be content with Edith just getting any happy ending, but I really want to see her in a wedding dress.
I agree, I loved her dress when she almost married Anthony Strallen. I don't know if it would have been appropriate in that era for a woman with a child to have an elaborate wedding. As long as she looks marvelous, I am okay!!
Well bear in mind that ...
1). Edith won't want her entire guest list to know she has an illegitimate child (she only needs to tell family, which includes Bertie) so she won't want to obviously tone down her dress in case her guests are all "shock, horror! She may not be a virgin! *faint*" when they see her.
2). It's her first successful wedding
3). It's Downton's last episode EVER (sob) and they'll want everyone looking beautiful and so I think they'll put a lot of effort into a special wedding dress for a super special episode.
4). Mary's second wedding dress was in line with your thoughts - appropriately matronly - appropriately... dull (sorry) so they have lots of making up to do. (Plus Mary's hair was decidely poodle-esque...)
Basically, I think we're in for a super dress for Edith's wedding.
Oh, and shout out to Lady Rose's wedding dress in addition to Mary and Edith's ones, hers was lovely but in a more elaborate and jazzy way that is fitting with Rose's character.
Oh! Forgot to mention the Beadith dress. Just gorgeous. And I love the red and black dress Edith wore at Michael's party. That and the velvet halter neck at Christmas. Laura looks lovley in red.
I think Edith looks lovely in really bright colours like orange/reds, turquoise etc. She has that a "summer complexion" so that's probably why.
Mary looks good in deep reds, navy and cool neutrals because she has a "winter complexion."
I thought all three of the ladies (Isobel, Mary and Edith) looked glorious and had dressed in the palette that suited them best. Plus, three glorious hats! photo: http://36.media.tumblr.com/bba7fbc3057c033ad8abc386f456935d/tumblr_nyjfvy4Tgw1swrlk9o2_r1_540.png
I also totally agree with the Mary frump this season. In the last episode that frumpy top (http://49.media.tumblr.com/890c2d1a4320ce0a7af71233e74d9d58/tumblr_nxk9n6f3tC1rud800o4_250.gif) really annoyed me. She knew Henry was going to propose to her and she wore that?!
One of my observations is that the clothes in Series 1, particularly in the pilot, are pretty awful - look at the dresses that Cora and Sybil wear to greet the Duke; they really look like they were hired from the back wardrobes of a fancy dress shop, or an amateur dramatics group's wardrobe department.
However, the outfits in Series 6 are incredibly beautiful - some of the pastel greys and lilacs that Violet and Isobel wear are especially lovely. Mary looks amazing at Brooklands (in the white and red outfit) and at the Criterion, as someone above pointed out. I'd love to have seen Sybil in this era - she was the most beautiful of the sisters and would have looked stunning. You can tell that the costume designer changed (for the better) from Series 5 onwards (IIRC)
One thing I don't like about a fashion trend in the early 1920s: those head (or forehead) bands! I know that is an historically accurate fashion but it I think it looks silly and distracts from the expression on their faces.
This moment between Mary and Henry (photo) is so wonderful, they're obviously impressed by each other and they look straight into each other's eyes. BUT that ghastley headband! It ruins the moment a little because you're partly looking at the actual people and mostly distracted by headband.
And in this picture of Edith and Bertie (photo), it is leading up to such a sweet kiss but I'm looking at the silly headband instead of the look in Edith's eyes. It ruins the moment again! If I were on set, I'd run up and just push it onto her hair!
Sorry, rant over.
What do you think?