“Downton Abbey” Ladies at the Entertainment Weekly’s SAG Awards Nominees Party

Posted on January 21, 2014

The ladies of Downton Abbey, upstairs and down, stepped out with a Hollywood crowd. As per usual when the ladies of Downton hit the red carpet, they go for lots of eye makeup and short skirts.




Michelle Dockery in Prada

Except for Michelle. She doesn’t really change her makeup all that much from her Lady Mary face. You never see her with a smokey eye or a really strong lip. We wonder if that’s because she’s not inclined toward a lot of makeup (she doesn’t really need it, after all), or if it’s just a smart bit of branding for her. She looks like Lady Mary in the 21st Century wherever she goes.

Having said that, this dress is weird.



Cara Theobold

Damn, Ivy cleans up nicely when you get her out of the kitchen. Hair and makeup look great. Everything else is tasteful, if not particularly adventurous.



Sophie McShera

She’s capable of looking very glamorous, but that dress is plain FUG and her makeup looks scary.




Laura Carmichael in Jonathan Saunders

We’d love to see that jacket and skirt split up for separate outfits. We’d love to see those shoes burned.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, Angela Weiss/Getty Images]

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  • Daphne Brogdon

    your last line is hilarious. though I do like Michele’s dress. it’s was just a party

    • SO lovely and interesting.

    • homofascist

      I like the dress, and I’d love that dress in a t-shirt.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I would like it better as a skirt.

    • d4divine

      I giggled so hard I almost spit out my soup. Lol

    • 3boysful

      Had a little London-Mary Quant vibe to it. I just wish it hadn’t had mouse ears on her boobs.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I think maybe Mary doesn’t need to do a vastly different look from her role because she is allowed to be the pretty one who wears makeup while the others are the ugly sister or downstairs and not allowed to wear makeup. I feel it’s like a see I’m actually pretty

    • hahahahahahahha

    • EricaVee

      I think you’re exactly right.

  • Sarah

    Ms. Dockery has Mickey Mouse boobs. Ms. McShera – I have no words for that.

    • MoHub

      Weren’t those the same design elements for which Mychael Knight was criticized in the season 3 Couture challenge?

      • Sarah

        Similar. I had to go look it up and it brought me to the Project Rungay post, where our esteemed uncles referred to the boob ears in question as “fabric pastries.” Ahh, fun stuff.

        • MoHub

          I remember them making Mychael tuck the “ears” in and telling him how much better the dress looked.

          • Sarah

            Yeah he had a full off-shoulder portrait collar thing going on with that gown, so the boob-ears were particularly extraneous.

  • Kent Roby

    I bet Gaga is pissed; she was probably planning on wearing the Prada with dark bangs and a half-rainbow on her head. Art, ya know.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Wow, I had no idea who Cara Theobold was on Downton Abbey until I saw your caption at the end. Total transformation! I think Laura needs to take some notes from Lady Edith this season 🙂

    • jtabz

      It took me a minute to figure out it was her, too — and I only managed through process of elimination!

  • nannypoo

    I am going to respectfully disagree about Lady Mary. I love her dress, especially the bodice. The fit is perfect and the colors are gorgeous. Lady Edith seems never to be afraid to take a fashion risk. It did not pay off here.

    Ivy is one of the most annoying characters on the show and the romantic tension in the kitchen is the most boring plot line, but no kidding about cleaning up well. She is beautiful.

  • MissFern

    Ivy looks 20 years older with makeup on…no bueno.

  • teensmom99

    Lady Mary: like dress from the breast plates down.
    Ivy–I had that dress in H.S. in the 70s. Not a fan of it.
    Daisy–I had that dress in H.S. in the 70s and am actually fond of it.
    Lady Edith–talk to Lady Mary or whoever you have to talk to about your clothing allowance.

  • pookiesmom

    I love Michelle Dockery’s dress. It’s weird as hell, but striking and chic.

    • luludexter

      I agree. the boobs aren’t the greatest but it’s nice to see her in something different and unexpected.

  • flamingoNW

    WTF with those last shoes? They look like torture devices. That dress that Michelle is wearing might have been salvageable if it weren’t for the weird bodice.

    • Shawn EH

      Or the coochie eyes? I think it’s meant to be very Yellow Submarine, somehow.

  • Kelly

    Sophie McShera is so cute — she always looks like a real person, no matter how glammed-up she is. It’s how I think a lot of regular folks would react to suddenly being photographed everywhere and dressed up within an inch of their lives — “Whee, is this really me? How fun is *this*?” She’s just so obviously having a blast. Yeah, the dress is pretty bad, but I love what I can see of her shoes. And Ivy — I barely recognized her. This is the second dress I’ve seen her in that has a Downton-era vibe to it. Not a very distinctive look, though. Laura — a misstep in terms of everything — suit, shoes, and hair — but I won’t be harsh about it: she’s been taking some interesting risks lately, and most of them pay off. As for Michelle, I’m usually all critical of her clothes (except that gold-and-white Emmy dress), but this one is funky and fun and light-hearted. I like it. But the shoes are boring and blah.

  • georgie

    Anyone else think Cara Theobold could be Adele’s sister?

    • luludexter

      Yes! I had precisely the same reaction!

    • Mismarker

      My absolute first reaction! Well, right after “now, who is this?” She cleans up well.

  • luludexter

    I wish I could unsee Laura Carmichael’s shoes.

  • sagecreek

    Next time someone tells me that hair and makeup just don’t matter, I’ll show them Mrs. Hughes and …um, the actress who plays her. Now I’m mortified, because I cannot remember her name.

    • Kelly

      Phyllis Logan. Love her!

  • Shawn EH

    How is it that Daisy and the female conspiracist from Sherlock have the exact same accent (the punk one with the crazy “he’s still alive!” group)? Same part of England, or accents really haven’t changed in decades?

    • Loramir

      I’m American, so not an expert at all, but I’d say just the same part of England. It’s a northern accent – Downton takes place in Yorkshire, if I remember right. I have seen an interview where even the Downton actors who already have a Yorkshire accent (which Sophie McShera does) said they had to have dialect coaching to be more authentic for the time period, so I suppose there have been some changes over the years. It doesn’t sound much different to me from the modern day accent, though.
      The Sherlock character definitely sounds northern. The actress (Sharon Rooney) is actually from Glasgow, but it’s not a Glaswegian accent. It does sound pretty close to Daisy’s, from around Yorkshire.

      • Shawn EH

        Thanks for this! Fascinating stuff; so does Northern encompass … Manchester and Liverpool, or further up like Newcastle?

        • Corsetmaker

          The north of England encompasses all those places but the accents are all very, very different.

          • Shawn EH

            And Yorkshire (it seems from my poor geography skills) is right in the middle of those towns, but contains none of them.

          • Lulu

            Right, they are in Lancashire.

        • Loramir

          Yeah, again I’m American so I’m sure a Brit could tell you more, but I do watch/listen to a lot of British comedy and TV. All the northern accents are very distinctive. A Liverpool accent is called scouse – the Beatles are a good example. Newcastle natives are called Geordies, as is the accent. Comedians Ross Noble and Sarah Millican have strong Geordie accents. Yorkshire is a whole county (actually several, I think?) with a variety of accents. I haven’t watched Downton since series 2 but Wikipedia says it’s near Ripon, which is about the middle of North Yorkshire. The James Herriot books and the show based on them, All Creatures Great & Small, take place a bit further northwest in the Yorkshire Dales, and the rural farmers in that show have a much thicker accent than Downton’s residents (or possibly Downton just softens the accent since they know an American audience might have trouble with a thicker one).

          For me, as a (southern) American, I don’t have much trouble understanding most accents, except maybe a really thick Yorkshire one or a strong Glaswegian one, like comedians Frankie Boyle (usually NSFW) and Kevin Bridges (whose accent is so thick he is at times almost incomprehensible to me) have. It’s really interesting to me how these places are no more than a few hours apart but have such different accents and in some cases whole different local dialects and vocabulary. We have the same thing in America, of course, but it doesn’t seem as noticeable when it’s spread out over such a huge country.

          • Shawn EH

            Oh, it’s noticeable, we just train our actors to go for more generic speech, and don’t have as many class distinctions tied into accents as the Brits do. But just watch anybody on TV ever try to a Boston (or some Southern dialects) regional accent and look how they overdo it usually.

  • Pennymac

    First glance at Laura Carmichael made me think she had black shorts or something around her ankles. I may need new glasses…

  • decormaven

    That outfit Lady Edith is sporting looks like an late 60s suit my aunt wore. LIke the uncles said, either the jacket or the skirt, but not together. I like Lady Mary’s dress, but she should have gone for the full commit and worn a funkier shoe and better jewelry.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I love Michelle’s dress here. It may be my favorite all-time look for her.

    • Gatto Nero

      I like that she took a bit of a risk.

  • LeelaST

    I would burn all of these. I’d love Michelle’s dress if it were just a sheath without those Mouse Ears.

    • kimmeister

      I don’t mind the mouse ears, what bugs is the rainbow that clashes terribly with olive green.

    • Imasewsure

      Agreed… that neckline/boobline is awkward and awful.

  • marlie

    Lady Mary’s dress is weird, but I really like it. I didn’t recognize Ivy. Daisy’s makeup doesn’t bother me, but I dislike her dress the more I look at it. I want Lady Edith’s jacket.

  • ailujailuj

    does anyone have any frocks we can send overseas?

    • Corsetmaker

      Send us over Mayim Bialik’s. With a bit of remodelling it would work great for Violet!

      • ailujailuj


      • Gatto Nero


  • boweryboy

    At least the Prada dress, when stripped of the ostentatious gewgaws and foofaraw and translated to RTW, is a lot more presentable than any of the runway versions.

    Every one else is pretty bland and boring.

  • AmeliaEve

    Michelle’s dress is the best of this lot by far. And in a way, it still follows her own fashion rules. It’s actually quite bold and simple and it fits her well. I like the pop art touch. It makes me think a bit of Edie Sedgwick, another spoiled rich girl of the 20th Century.

  • PeaceBang

    Lady Mary all the way.

  • Betsy

    Laura Carmichael: Darling, you cannot make a D.A.R. suit look less like a D.A.R. suit by shortening the skirt and throwing on those torture-device shoes. Sorry, but that look ages you. Like 30 years. PLUS, you have a cute figure, so why hide in boxy upholstery-fabric clothes? (I mean, those ARE clothes, aren’t they?) If you like these items, here’s how you could wear them:
    1) Jacket: At least one size (maybe 2) smaller; then maybe un-buttoned, over cigarette pants and either: a) black leather bustier, or b) that green in a form fitting top (halter maybe). But I think it’s the least strong of the two pieces.
    2) Skirt: It could be cute with a cute green top (silk, maybe?) and a black leather jacket — cropped and a little fitted.
    3) Shoes: NEVER. Unless the pants are loose and long enough that we DO NOT SEE THEM!!

  • Eva_baby

    Michelle Dockery’s dress needs something else. Like a better neckline, sleeves and tall, fabulous boots. This is the second dress she has worn that does her boobs no favor.

    • scoobynacks

      I read that as “fabulous boobs.” So we’re all pretty much fixated on that part of the dress? 😉

  • Imasewsure

    We need to create a virtual fire pit button (up vote, down vote, fiery pit of hell vote) for shoes in particular….

    • demidaemon

      I am so PRO this. Call the IT department!

  • Dockery’s dress is so fun, but the loopity loop of that roller coast ride of a neck line ruins the whole look for me. Cara is stunning. Geez, they really do clean up good from portraying the downstairs people on Downton, because I didn’t recognize her. Oh dear, Laura Carmichael – don’t be an Edith. Don’t let a stylist talk you into wearing this suit, only to abandon you at the Hollywood alter -i.e. the red carpet for onlookers to pity you.

  • Holy cow! I NEVER would have recognized Cara Theobold!


  • TigerLaverada

    That’s Ivy? Unbelievable!

  • ojosazules

    Lady Dockery’s dress is pretty cool. Agree with all that the mouse ears aren’t so cool.

  • Alexis Boucher

    My goodness. I didn’t even recognize Ivy.

  • MilaXX

    Loved Michelle’s dress. Agree about Laura’s look, Sophie’s dress is hiddy and everyone else is pretty good.

  • Granny panties

    I think Michelle’s dress is really cool, and she pulling it off. I would pick a dress like this after I had worn a few hundred pretty pretty designer frocks and lovely vintage costumes.
    I have a Club Monaco version of Daisy’s dress from a few years back, so I do like that look. I wear mine sashed or belted at the waist and sometimes hip for a casual look.
    Edith should wear her jacket with some Audrey Hepburn type black pants.
    The lace dress is lovely but a bit dull in the photos.

    • Gatto Nero

      And Michelle did something a bit different with her hair! I’m not sure I like the side wing, but still — different!

  • MannahattaMamma

    The dress on Michelle looks like it has Michelle’s face on it, which is a little weird; Sophie looks like she’s had a few (and probably would be really fun at a bar); those shoes on Lady Edith are a crime against humanity.

  • Lexie

    I find it fascinating that Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o have the same stylist. Both beautiful ladies, but Michelle has far more “misses” on the RC than Lupita (who almost always knocks it out of the park).

    • demidaemon

      I think TV stars-especially younger ones–in particular try a lot harder to distance themselves from their roles, and this can result in a lot of style misses, compared to film stars, who are constantly changing roles so they can set up a more determined “style.”

  • Tracy_Flick

    Lady Edith looks like what happens when you have to wrap a not-quite-square present. Awkward boxiness.

  • carnush

    If Lady Edith’s shoes had been booties, and that skirt had been black skinnies, woulda been PERFECT. Lady Mary is rockin’ that dress.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    I REALLY like/love Michele’s dress!

  • estella_nyc

    Holy crap, that’s IVY?

  • gefeylich

    Yeah. While they are all lovely, their clothes are bizarre or ugly. Still love them to bits, though.