As beautiful as these two covers are – and they’re quite beautiful – we have to admit, we immediately felt a little twinge of annoyance that once again, the “upstairs” ladies of Downton Abbey were gracing the cover of a fashion magazine.
Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Lily James cover the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine in Valentino photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.
Then we saw the stunning dresses they were all wearing and forgot why we were annoyed. Then we briefly wondered why Michelle gets her own cover, which led us back to our original point of annoyance, which is that fashion and celeb magazines tend to engage in the faux-classism that characterizes the series, fawning over the actresses who play aristocrats and largely ignoring the actresses who play servants. Granted, Julian Fellowes cast model-worthy actresses to play the daughters of the House of Grantham, so we can understand why editors like to put them on covers.
But we always feel a little bad for the other ladies in the cast. Then we saw this:
Phyllis Logan in Marina Rinaldi; Sophie McShera in Simone Rocha; Michelle Dockery in Valentino; Lesley Nicol in Marina Rinaldi; Raquel Cassidy in Alexander McQueen; Laura Carmichael in Valentino; Elizabeth McGovern in Erdem; Joanne Froggatt in Temperley London; Lily James in Jenny Packham.
HUZZAH, Harper’s Bazaar UK. Well done. Let’s get a closer look:
Fabulous. They all look gorgeous; every single one of them. And they all look like they know it.
You can see all the dresses below (except for the Marina Rinaldi ones), but frankly, none of the original models work them quite as well as these ladies.
[Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski for Harper’s Bazaar UK Magazine, Valentino, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, IMAXTree]
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