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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

‘Downton’ fashions: refined to frivolous in 1922

This elegantly beaded dress (known on set as “Beadith”), above, and worn by Laura Carmichael, was made by McCall and her crew, with a “disintegrating” vintage textile found in Paris as its focal point, and its inspiration taken from 1920s fashion illustrator George Barbier. “I wanted Edith’s wardrobe in London to look very sexy and not like clothes that she would wear at Downton,” said McCall. “I think we’ve all done that when we’re growing up — you have a certain way you dress at home, and then you have the things you hide in a bag and you throw on when you go out, because your mother wouldn’t let you out of the house in them.”