The Costumes of Downton Abbey – Part 2

Posted on May 27, 2014

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)

Part 1 can be found here.

Part of the exhibit was devoted to looking at the mauve and violet “light mourning” clothes the characters keep having to return to every time someone dies.

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (7)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (8)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (9)

As long-time fans of the show, it was easy for us to spot each character’s costume before looking at whatever pictures clues were provided. The above is so obviously a Cora outfit because the silhouette and the details like the lapels and even the sleeve length are so distinctly hers. Just as that simple embroidered dress with the sash looks so much like Mary as soon as you set eyes on it.

And certain costumes look so much like their wearers that it’s almost funny:

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (11)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (12)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (10)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (13)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (14)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (15)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (16)

Who knew Daisy’s apron had this subtle hieroglyphic-like print? Or that she had matching cuffs and collar in a print?

 

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (17)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (18)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (19)

Who knew O’brien’s costume was so textured? And has a green cast to it?

 

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (20)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (21)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (22)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (23)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (24)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (25)

This was another highly popular look, judging by the crowd response.

 

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (26)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (27)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (28)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (29)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (30)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (31)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (32)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (32A)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (33)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (34)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (35)

Tweedstravaganza.

 

 

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (36)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (37)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (38)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (39)

We were shocked at how almost shabby Sybil’s rather simple dress looked in comparison to her sisters’. That’s of a piece with her middle class pretensions, we suppose.

 

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (40)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (41)

Pictures don’t do it justice at all.

 

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (42)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (43)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (44)

Downton-Abbey-Costumes-Part-2-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (45)

Gorgeous. She may never have had the wedding, but she definitely had the best wedding gown in the series. Mary’s wedding gown wasn’t even in the exhibition. You won that one, Edith.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: tomandlorenzo.com, PBS]