This week I want to celebrate the award-winning show "Downton Abbey." It's no secret that many of the viewers spend most of their time drooling over the gorgeous costumes - and for good reason. The clothing on the show is exquisitely done. Rarely do I watch anything where I am so consistently pleased with the visual and historical authenticity of the piece.
The show begins in 1912, the day after the sinking of the Titanic. This places us squarely in Edwardian fashion, which features a straighter silhouette and higher waistline than the late-period Victorian S-silhouette that proceeded it. We do, however, see pure Victorian fashion worn by Dowager Countess Violet.
Last week's episode (2.3) took place in 1918. Wartime has placed a need for austerity on Downton Abbey and costumes are plainer, skirts are shorter, and colors are less vibrant. With the 20's imminent, we see several of the girls wearing the straight, loose, sleeveless dresses that are about to become all the rage.
For more information about the costumes of Downton Abbey, check out the links below. Otherwise proceed on to the picture fest for some indulgent drooling and envy. ;)
Does that dress look familiar? You've probably seen it before!
The Style of Downton Abbey from the PBS Website
How Downton Abbey costumes have influenced modern fashion.
Not always 100% Accurate?
Learn a bit more about designer Susannah Buxton and see some more glorious pictures here!
Above: Our lovely girls in white enjoy their last day before the war changes everything. Sybil is in a youthful flowered print, Edith in plain white, and Mary in bold contrasting stripes.
Want more Downton Abbey costume analysis? Take a look at my even longer piece on the costumes of Downton Abbey, Season 3!
Want to own a Downton Abbey gown or something similar of your own? You're in luck - I do custom costume commissions!