Michelle Dockery for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Posted on August 16, 2012

Well, darlings, the press ramp-up to what is sure to become a media juggernaut has begun. Season three of Downton Abbey (now with added Shirley MacLaine flavor crystals) is heading the world’s way and all the prettier cast members are going to get lots and lots of pictures taken and dresses to wear as part of the poledance. You won’t hear us complaining.


Michelle Dockery for Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Benjamin A. Huseby and styled by Karen Langley.


On auditioning for the part of Lady Mary Crawley: “Until then I’d played much more vulnerable parts, but I remember coming out of the audition, and Dan Stevens was in the waiting room. I said, ‘Who are you up for?’ and he said, ‘Matthew.’ I walked out and thought, Oh, that could work.”


Tom Ford Fall 2012 Collection

Ralph Lauren Megan Leather-Sleeve Dress

Etro Fall 2012 Collection

We got to see and talk briefly with Michelle last December, during a press event for season 2 of the show, and we have to tell you, the lady has presence. With a third of the cast up on stage along side her, it was impossible to take your eyes off her. She’s actually prettier in person. Part of the reason for that is her undeveloped skills as a model. She’s getting much better at it – and in fact, this editorial is probably her best yet – but you can tell such things didn’t come naturally to her, not earlier in her career, anyway. But she’s a charismatic actress with great bone structure, a long, thin body, and world-class face-giving skills. She’s better at this than 90% of her colleagues, but if she works at it, she could be “Face of Lancôme” good.



[Photo Credit:  harpersbazaar.com, neimanmarcus.com, fulltimeford.com,  style.com – Video Credit: HelloStyleChannel via YouTube.com]

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  • PeggyOC

    Is it me or does that statue have balls on his bum?  (And yes, she looks fabulous.)

    • Lori

      I think he’s holding something in his left hand, but yes, that’s an awkward angle on the statue. You’d think they would have noticed and maybe chosen a different prop.

    • kimmeister

      I thought it was some weird tumor at first, haha!

    • Judy_S

      It is possible that the statue has a tail, that is, that it’s a statue of a satyr with horns and a small goatish tail. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         I think you are precisely right.  The object in the statue’s right hand may very well be a wine goblet.

        • Judy_S

           I think it’s a cymbal. If you google dancing satyr or satyr cymbals you can see examples in this pose. The tail seems to be optional but…

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Verrrrry cool! I will look it up!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    WOW!  Who knew that edgy and slightly dangerous was her wheelhouse? I suppose I should have guessed from her Downton character.  Anyhoo,… She looks stunning in every shot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      It’s all in the face dahling! I think it is -to be precise- those magnificent Dita Von Teese brows of hers.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        She has such superbly chiseled, patrician looking features, it is hard to find any faults

        • http://twitter.com/grooxcore Marie Ee

          love the use of the word patrician.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

             The English language is by an order of magnitude the largest and most facile language on earth, with over 3 million terms. Seems a shame to waste it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

            Being that it is my second language I cherish every opportunity to learn new words and you, Sir, are a great teacher. So now I know how to use both “patrician” and “facile” in a sentence 😉

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            And what is your first language, if I may know?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

            Spanish, “Castellano” to be precise. I’m Argentinian, born and raised :)

        • librarygrrl64

          It’s weird, but I think she’s SO perfect that she veers over the top into a little bland for me. There’s almost an…artificiality to such perfection? Beautiful in an artistic way, but not a lot of personality or warmth? It’s hard for me to explain, especially because I tend to react to dark-haired women as more beautiful/stunning than blondes overall (I’m strawberry/golden blonde, FWIW). One thing I do know: she’s certainly going to carry off those 1920s fashions perfectly. And “patrician” is a good descriptor.

      • holdstillnow

        Honestly, I never have any idea what she’s wearing in any given photo cause I can’t look away from her face.

  • MilaXX

    I’ve seen her in interviews and liked her, but she has yet to impress me in print. The pic of her lying down are hellavu awkward, the last 2 are okay but I’m not blown away by them.

    • Sobaika

      Yup, she looks very stiff and flat in the lying down show. It’s a shame, she practically jumps off the screen in other mediums.

  • crash1212

    Love the Etro…LOVE. Can’t wait for the new season!

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      I like the blouse part of the Etro, but not the skirt. Too busy.

  • Reneesance

    I covet her eyebrows in the worst way, but they’d look ridiculous on my short little forehead.  Lovely all around.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

       You can follow Lady Mary’s Eyebrows on Twitter. It’s charmingly funny.

      I have such a girl-crush on her. She’s just gorgeous.

  • PastryGoddess

    If she signs that endorsement deal, you two certainly deserve a cut.

    Love her in this

  • granddelusion

    this cast is so bland and boring, and the show so badly written, I just don’t get the mania. Yes, Dockery is pretty, but not a standout. Like a million other girls. Oh, yeah, she’s long and skinny. That must be it.

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      Blasphemous!  While I don’t think everything was masterfully written, most and the overall storytelling stands up with the best of the best.  

      Tell, what television series would you consider better?  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734251880 Joalissa Jean

      I don’t get the love for the show and this woman either.  But to each their own. She’s just so bland to me. And the show is a glorified soap opera that just happens to take place in oh-so-dignified Britain. The writing doesn’t even approach the level of shows like The Wire, Mad men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Good wife and many more. 
      It’s basically a bunch of Barbara Cartland books with a little Jane Austen flavor put in motion!

      • Toto Maya

         I don’t think the show is supposed to be like those, though. Obviously any of those shows would win hands-down in a contest for the “best” show with Downton Abbey, but part of Abbey’s fun is that it isn’t as serious. It is a soap opera, and most people I know who watch it treat it that way. If every show was like Mad Men we’d all die of ennui.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734251880 Joalissa Jean

          Most people I know who watch the show can’t stop raving about how well-written and well-acted it is and how it’s right up there with the best shows (exhibit Z the person who replied to granddelusion).  If I want to watch soap operas, I’d rather watch the ones that do not take themselves seriously. That is why I love Revenge.

          • Toto Maya

             Huh. Well, I question those peoples’ taste in shows, I guess. Most people I know just treat it like a delicious drama-y soap opera. I don’t see how you could sit through that dumbass amnesia plotline and think it’s great.

  • kimmeister

    That Tom Ford gown has awkwardly place velvet boob panels.  Looks like they’re designed to show off underboob.

    • makeityourself

      If you look at the shot of this dress on the model, then check out the rear view reflecting in the mirror, you will see a VERY awkward sheer panel running right across the model’s ass. Now that is tacky.

      • kimmeister

        Goodness gracious.  Rectal windows are a no-no.

        • makeityourself

          Leave it to Tom Ford to invent the rectal window.  Your description is perfection.

  • Susan Crawford

    Loving these three black numbers! The Tom Ford is SOOOO insanely sexy. Naturally. Because it is what he does.
    I can see Cate Blanchett in the Ralph Lauren, although Ms. Dockery with her prim little governessy hairdo is giving off some heat.
    The Etro is a HELL of a challenging look. And Dockery looks GREAT in it, but deep down, I believe this design belongs to Naomi Campbell.

    On the whole, though, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful Michelle in these terrific looks. But I am champing at the proverbial bit to see what the Denizens of Downton will be donning as the decade of the decadent ’20’s looms. (How’s that for alliteration?)


    • Kayceed

      Delightfully, devilishly delicious.

    • Sobaika

      EVERYTHING belongs to Naomi Campbell.

  • Judy_S

    I don’t care for the clothes–except on her. They are very Lady Mary clothes, pre- (or post-) Matthew.

  • formerlyAnon

    Interesting observations about her presence. So far, as you say, she’s not a great model but she is lovely. (She just looks extremely uncomfortable in that first, reclining photo.)

    • PinkLemon

       Yes, that photo is just odd.

  • nannypoo

    She’s so relaxed and funny here, like a friend. Fabulous video.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    The video is hilarious. And yes, gorgeous shoot.

  • SewingSiren

    The shot is very lovely, but also very , very expected , all blacks sheers evenings. Howabout showing her in some form fitting neon brights, something that Lady Mary 21st century or otherwise would never ever wear.

  • mshesterp

    I love those Laura Brown videos!  She’s just so charming, and gets the best out of her people.

    She really does have presence, you can tell it by the way she carries herself, and she’s just so assured.  This is a really terrific spread–I think my favorite is the Tom Ford.

  • marilyn

    Harpers Bazaar got it right.  She is gorgeous in a classical elegant way.  Kudos. 

  • bluefish

    Beautiful dresses — all of them.  That first Tom Ford is just amazing. 

  • PinkLemon

    I want to see her rock a smokey eye! Her face is always too bare. I bet she could carry some heavy makeup. And not like the abstract editorial, something just jaw droppingly fab.

    • MRC210

      Have you seen her Love Magazine photos?  Google Michelle Dockery Love Magazine for some smoke-eye.

      • PinkLemon

        Yeah, that is the ‘abstract’ one I was referring to. I’m talking conventional.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet


  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    I don’t like the way they did her hair. Looks too school marm. But that Tom Ford dress…wow! Love it. And she is lovely in it.

  • GorgeousThings

    Love her, love the Ralph Lauren dress. Not as in love with the Etro. The Tom Ford is okay – it seems like he’s recycling a lot of ideas from the early aughts.

    I want that RL dress though!!

  • Chelle Jenkins

    She will always be Susan, the granddaughter of Death, in “Hogfather” to me. A great precursor for Lady Mary.

  • Wrenaria

    That video is most excellent. She’s so freaking pretty. Love her.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    She is absolutely stunning. Just gorgeous. And I want the leather-sleeved dress. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She has the body for all of these gowns, but she is still stilted and awkward as hell in this photoshoot. It projects onto the viewer and makes them uncomfortable and wonder if it’s the dresses. JUST SAYING.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Absolutely wonderful! Thanks, Guys! You’ve made my day.

  • http://surelysonsy.blogspot.com/ Jessica | Surely Sonsy

    hot damn. GLORIOUS!

  • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

    I’ve loved her ever since she was Susan in the Hogfather adaptation. /nerd

    • Lilak


  • glennethph

    I adore the comment about Dan Stevens. And WERQ it, girl.

  • librarygrrl64

    I’m not always a fan of Tom Ford’s stuff, but that gown is pretty damned amazing. Although I wish the back of the neck piece wasn’t tied into a bow on the model. It should either be all metal, or the back part should be tied in a simple knot with the ends hanging down.