Downton Abbey is a British costume drama television series, which was created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. From Masterpiece Classic to fashion week, Downton Abbey’s creator and costume designer discussed what have helped to inspire the collections of Ralph Lauren family.
Handsome footmen, punctilious butlers, and discreet lady’s maids all turned the requisite and frequent outfit changed into ritualistic pampering sessions. Fabrics were dreamy, fur was derigueur, and hats looked incomplete without a bouquet of flowers on the brim. In short, the life of an English aristocrat was very delicious. According to Lady Cora and her three daughters dressed the part with aplomb. “There’s an element of performance. They were all performed a role that had been decreed for them. For an aristocrat to be convincing, he must look like an aristocrat.” Creator Julian Fellowes saied that his characters in the glossy coffee-table tome in The World of Downton Abbey. Credit goes to award-winning costume designer Susannah Buxton-“it’s a kind of sculptress-in-cloth,” according to Fellowes-who oversees the production of each episode’s looks, many of them are meticulously reconstructed originals.
However, as a costumer designer, Buxton is more satisfied when an outfit failed leaving an impression on us. “Some of the costumes, I’m most proud of are the ones you wouldn’t necessarily think about because the clothes naturally belong to the natural feature. They don’t look like actors in costumes. They look like real people,” she told Time. That the show’s perfectly appointed backdrop was part of its appeal was undeniable, but did what great clothes do best is reveal an essential truth about the nature of every POLO wearer.
It should not surprise that Buxton checks Coco Chanel as a style influencer for Lady Mary. While more noble than her youngest sister when mentioning dressing, Mary is a true iconoclast. Fiercely independent and resolutely romantic. Mary is the show’s emotional core-free-spirited and restrained all at once. “I always feel the women of that era personify a kind of oxymoron,” Fellowes told Vogue. “They expressed themselves as physically helpless and delicate, while they were in fact brought up to be very tough with themselves as much as anyone else. So they would cultivate that creamy skin and those doe eyes, but if the moment called for it, they could take a five-bar gate without flinching.” Something should keep in mind as the Downton-inspired fall collections roll into stores. Be remember that Demure does not mean dull.
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