Another reason to take a visit to England... Downton Abbey costumes are part of an exhibition at Himley Hall going on from April 7 - June 17 as part of the celebration for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The display also includes costumes from The Kings Speech and Madonna’s latest film ‘WE’ – the story of American divorcée Wallis Simpson and her famous relationship with King Edward VIII:
One of the most striking pieces was a green jacket and dress worn by Dame Maggie Smith who played Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the hit television show.
Three of the bespoke outfits made for the three Granham sisters in Downton Abbey also form a major part of the exhibition.
An exquisite emerald and black coloured dress worn during one of Downton Abbey’s evening occasions by Lady Mary Crawley, played Michelle Dockery, is among those on display. She wore the dress in the first series of the show and is said to reflect the opulence of the pre-war period.
But it was not just the evenings where style was important for the ladies of Downton. Show designers created a rich maroon coloured day suit for Lady Mary, mainly to establish her rank as the eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham. The suit is paired with a blouse worn in the show when she sings ‘If I were the only girl’ as her true love Matthew returns on leave from the First World War. There was also a matching handbag which matches the velvet on the collar of the suit.
Read more here at ExpressandStar.com.
I so need to get over there STAT! Are any of you lucky enough to have a trip planned in the near future?