Dressing Downton: Series 5 Episode 6


Oh, poor Edith. We all knew it was coming (and she knew too, not that it makes the tragedy less painful), but I think the Crawley family’s collective callousness caught everyone off guard. Damn, these people are awful. Why do they hate Edith so much? Was Cora really convinced while she was pregnant that Edith was going to be a boy, so she started off as a huge disappointment or something? I just…don’t get it. But I do get her reaction. There’s only so much one can take, and after a lifetime of neglect or her own family members actively working to undermine her happiness, she grabbed her kid and got out of there. Good for her. I really hope it sticks.

But on to the clothes.

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Dressing Downton, Season 5 Episode 1

JS46046547A fair bit happened in this episode: we got Farmer Drew going above and beyond to help keep Edith’s babydrama a secret, more chatter about Mary’s and Isobel’s love and sex lives than I cared to hear, Thomas acting super creepy, Sarah acting like a supreme asshole, Violet meddling, a predatory aristocrat, Baxter’s big secret, and a fire. Whew!

And, of course, lovely, lovely clothes.

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Dressing Downton: 2013 Christmas Special

FINAL-XMAS-1384194308-1-For an episode that turned out (for me, anyway) to be a tad dull, we have a lot of ground to cover, costume-wise. First, our season’s signature colours of blue and blush pink seriously worked their asses off this episode. They were everywhere, even in the crowd scenes:

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Dressing Downton: Season 4, Episode 8

uktv-downton-abbey-s04-e08-14Well, here it is, we’ve come (nearly) to the end of another season. It’s not terribly surprising that, in a season pretty much dominated by two colours, blue and purple, the final episode should be awash in those two hues. Check it out:



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Dressing Downton: Season 4 Episode 7

Downton Abbey, 407 - Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lewis) and Tom Branson (Allen Leech) ©2013 Carnival Films, photo by Nick BriggsAlthough there was some movement on the Branson front (we all know we’re going to see that woman from the speech again, right?), this episode was really about the women. Mary and Isobel got a chance to show what they were made of, Rosamond showed numerous times how awesomely supportive she is, and Edith made an extremely difficult and painful decision. Two of them, actually.

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Dressing Downton: Season 4 Episode 6

uktv-downton-abbey-s04-e06-10We’re getting close to the end of the season, which means a lot of what can be said about the costumes has been said and I’m at risk of sounding like a broken record. Still, there were a few things I noticed this week.

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Dressing Downton: Season 4, Episode 5

uktv-downton-abbey-series-four-episode-five-5For the upstairs folk, this episode was a fair bit about reconciliation and people coming together in general (except where Violet and Isobel were concerned, and we’ll get to that), a fact reflected rather beautifully in their clothes.

Downstairs, it was about class distinctions, both between servants and those in service industries and rich folk vs. poor (or working class, at least).

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Dressing Downton: Season 4, Episode 4

o-DOWNTON-ABBEY-570There weren’t quite so many striking looks this week, which was slightly quieter after the upheaval of last, but there were definitely a few things I noticed:

Characters developing ‘signature’ colours

Characters exhibiting their belonging through their clothes

Characters continuing to be tied together through their outfits

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Dressing Downton: Series 4, Episode 3

uktv-downton-abbey-episode-3-26I feel a little strange just jumping into a post that’s essentially all ‘pretty clothes!’ without talking a little bit about what happened this week. I’ve had a few more days to digest it, and I’ve come to a few conclusions:

1. It was jarring as hell, and felt really out of step with most of the show

2. Somehow, it made me feel both angry and kind of dirty

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Dressing Downton: Season 4, Episode 2

We have colour again! Now that most of the household has moved past the 6-month mourning period, they get to wear clothes that don’t make you want to fall asleep in your pudding. True, Cora, Mary, and Isabel are still working the blacks and lilacs, but everyone else gets to branch out a little. Thank god.

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