Michelle Dockery for Harper’s Bazaar UK Magazine

Posted on July 09, 2013

Harper’s Bazaar UK gets the styling exactly right for Lady Mary. The trick with her looks is to embrace that classic, delicate “English Rose” kind of beauty that she embodies so well. It’s a bit retro and old-school and we can understand why any young, modern actress might not want to be saddled with such an image, but:


“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery covers the August 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by David Slijper and styled by Leith Clark.

You can’t deny it suits her like crazy.

Miu Miu Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Vanessa Axente (VIVA)

Prada Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Jessa Brown


And how ironic that she’s finally being served well in that very crisp, suited English style … by wearing clothes from an Italian designer’s collection.

Michelle darling, neither of these outfits look particularly difficult to wear, so we urge you to continue in this vein for all your public appearances. If you’ve got to stick to Prada and Miu Miu to do it, we won’t complain.
[Photo Credit: David Slijper for Harper’s Bazaar UK, style.com]

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    • hughman

      I’m shocked a stylist hasn’t thought of taking her full Liz Taylor with her skin and dark hair. These looks are fine but expected.

      • Introspective

        expected is the best word to use indeed. nothing cutting edge about these looks.

        but still a sight better than what lady mary often does when left to her own devices for public appearances…

    • marlie

      She looks great. This is SO her look. She’s not made for edgy and avant-garde.

      • StellaZafella

        Michelle might do edgy with the input of the right stylist but THIS is a look she can always come back to…and grow old with, if it comes to that.

      • Rhonda Shore

        The shot of her in the Prada reminds me of those fantastic 50s fashion shots where the models looked like they could actually afford the clothes they were wearing. LOVE.

    • tween00

      Lovely. Her skin is translucent! Amazing.

    • Beardslee

      I’m all for retro and old school, if that means wearing beautifully tailored clothes which demonstrate there is more in a grown woman’s wheelhouse than looking hot hot hot.

    • Sobaika

      Something is off, on the subscriber cover. The angle of the photograph or some weird photoshopping, but she is much prettier than that.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      The Miu Miu is funky/interesting/classic and she looks like a porcelain figurine. I hate the Prada with a passion and this time the face is almost mask-like. 50/50 for me on this one.

    • Monzerrat Ontiveros

      for a moment i thought she was Rose from Two and a Half Men.

    • MilaXX

      I was hoping this made the blog. I love how she looks in that stripes outfit. This is also the best I have seen her makeup outside of the show.

    • Clueless_Jock

      Babe Paley.

    • lobsterlen

      Michelle is wearing the Prada better than the model. Her skin is perfect.

    • filmcricket

      I don’t even watch the show, but I love this. The newsstand cover in particular is one of the best ones I’ve seen in a long while. Despite all the text all over it, it’s almost restful. And the clothes are amazing.

    • LuisaNL

      that miu miu coat is to die for.

    • christinewithanx

      Hooray! I have the same coloring and love that they didn’t make her into a blushy clown.

    • GorgeousThings

      In that second shot she looks like a dark-haired Grace Kelly.

    • Judy_S

      Great clothes which do not distract from a great face.

    • Krafty_L

      Wow! The thumbnail image made me immediately think “Brunette Grace Kelly!”

    • cowper

      Perfect. Let us go and do some vintage clothes shopping, and then have a cup of tea and a buttery scone.

    • Shawn EH

      She could be one of David Lynch’s brunette muses in this spread.

    • decormaven

      Tha Miu Miu suits her to a T. Hope she keeps that stylist’s name in her contacts. She needs more encouragement in this direction.

    • norseofcourse

      Oh, I NEED those striped tights. Now.

    • MzzPants

      What is up with the hair on that Prada model??

      • http://thatswhatthemoneyisfor.wordpress.com/ lizlemonglasses

        Right? That’s a look I rocked occasionally in college, called: “No time to dry my hair before this 8 o’clock class, and you suckers are lucky I showered at all.”

      • Little_Olive

        Must have something to do with why she is so pissed

    • http://thatswhatthemoneyisfor.wordpress.com/ lizlemonglasses

      Love everything about this!

    • kim bunchalastnames

      she’s like dita 2.0.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, my God, I adore these looks. That’s the Miu Miu/Prada I love!

    • Calinda_L

      She seems like she’d do well to get her hands on some L’Wren Scott, too. She’s got that lithe, ladylike frame, kind of similar to Nicole Kidman, who always looks amazeballs in her designs. Maybe also add a little Posh Spice, er, I mean, Victoria Beckham to the wardrobe.

    • Tatiana Luján

      On the model, the Prada suit looks cheap. On her, it looks crisp.

    • Janet B


    • Cameron Turner

      First suit fantastic…. second one, not my fav on her.

    • appliquer

      She looks so good in colorful clothing. Never put her in black again, please!

    • girliecue

      Fantastic! Though I worry HBC might cut her for those tights.

    • frannyprof

      Adorable and chic.

    • msdamselfly

      wow She looks great! That Prada suit is beautiful

    • Cz

      That Miu Miu coat dress is the first thing I’ve truly liked from Miu Miu and only because it looks so good on Lady Mary. The pink polka dot scarf was the perfect exclamation point to the look.

    • nannypoo

      Very pretty, but I would never have guessed that it’s Michelle Dockery.

    • a_liking

      I just love that they have her in patterned tights. I feel like typically they go for all the bare skin they can get!

    • conniemd

      It’s in the make-up and the clean, crisp, unfussy clothes

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

      Oh I hope she sticks with this. It gives her so much more life than those bland black dresses she tends towards.

    • demidaemon

      You know what I love here. How she is WERQing it with interesting poses rather than the traditional blah poses we usually get from actresses. You go, Lady Mary!

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      She is so overly photoshopped here it barely looks like her — and it has the opposite effect of what was (I assume) intended. She is so much prettier than these fake looking pictures.


    • Qitkat

      While I like the blue and white checks, I am enthralled with the look in stripes, particularly because the pose gives the stripes all kinds of life with the different directions. The more casual hair, and pink/black polka dot scarf finish this off as a stunning look for a cover shot. The outfit and the background muted colors are dreamy, and suit her English Rose beauty with perfection.

    • formerlyAnon

      BIG props to the team for that cover. While I can’t remember the last time I liked a Miu Miu dress that well, the vision on the cover is much more appealing than the runway.

    • ankali

      Gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve seen her look better, even on Downton.

    • Stacy Feng

      Oh, Susan Sto Helit….