Friday, January 25, 2013

Downton Abbey weddings


If you, like me, are a Downton Abbey addict, no doubt you waited impatiently to see what beautiful creation Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) would don for her long-awaited wedding to Matthew Crawley.
(Dan Stevens)


Since the beginning of this PBS series, millions of fans have watched every week to see what new, 
decadent costumes we would be treated to, as well as glorious scenes of life in a magnificent English castle.  In real life, this spectacular "pile" is Highclere Castle, in Hampshire, UK.

Lady Mary's dress was very representative of the times in which the show takes place-the 1920's. 
The straight silhouette, lightly adorned with Swarovski crystals,  fit perfectly. 
The stunner is the dainty, vintage, 45 carat diamond tiara and veil that 
cost the costume department $200,000!
Add this to the cost of the gown, and this is the show's most expensive costume, by far.

 This calla lily bouquet is spot on for the times. 
Though often accompanied by lots of greenery in real weddings,
 this was the go-to wedding flower for the day.


A few weeks later, we were treated to yet another wedding; that of the middle daughter, Lady Edith. 
(played by Laura Carmichael)   Unfortunately, (spoiler alert!), Edith was left at the altar, but nonetheless, 
 this too was a beautiful satin dress, one that I think I prefer over Lady Mary's lace sheath, if truth be told! The designer took cues from the house of Lanvin, but ultimately used a vintage train, carrying the embroidery through to the shoulders. A very elegant look. Lady Edith also wore the same family tiara.


The soft pastels worn by her two sisters are also very representative of the period.  
As with Kate Middleton's (real-life) wedding to the future king of England, 
it will be interesting to see what impact this series will have on wedding fashions in general.

Due in no small part to the Duchess' teardrop bouquet, we have begun seeing an interest
in wedding bouquets that have a bit of drape to them, 
rather than the 'hand tied" bouquets that have been so popular for years.

 Perhaps we'll  see a return to more elegant attire, 
such as these handsome formal waistcoats! 

Even the staff 'below stairs' is elegantly attired!

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