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The Crawley family returned to the big screen in “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” which will be released Wednesday.
And along with the romance and drama of the film there are also some lovely fashions from the late 1920s.
Anna Robbins, who has designed the costumes for the cast from the TV series, has returned to “A New Era” to dress the widowed countess, Lady Mary, Tom Branson and other celebrities in a variety of elaborate period clothing.
We first met the residents of “Downton Abbey” in 1912, with the costumes of characters evolving as the years progressed into the 1920s.
Now, with the second film set in the early 1930s, the Crawleys and their staff are gearing up for major style changes.
From a Vogue-inspired wedding dress to the first moment of the “Downton” swimsuit, we share some of our favorite backstage fashion facts from the set below.
Edith is wearing pants for the first time
Edith, the Marquise of Hexham (played by Laura Carmichael) makes a modern-style statement in beige trousers during a stay in France. Ben Blackall
Although Lady Sybil (played by Jessica Brown Findlay) wore a harem-style dress suit to the TV series, the pants haven’t been part of Crawley’s women’s wardrobe … until now.
As the 1930s approached, many modern women like Edith (played by Laura Carmichael) began wearing trousers. Robbins liked to find the right look for the revelation of his style, which he called “the perfect time” in Hello! May 2 issue of the paper.
“I found some lovely pajamas for Edith and we wore them for the first time with some pants on, which was great,” the costume designer said.
Robbins also shared with Digital Spy that Edith’s vintage kimono jacket with cream wide leg pants inspired her to create the dress.
“I learned that as soon as I saw it I could combine it with pants and point out that it is taking on an amazing new look,” he said.
A “Downton” character finally wears a swimsuit
The family looks relaxed during a holiday on the French Riviera. Ben Blackall
Although we’ve seen some “Downton Abbey” beach scenes in the past – like the touching moment when Mrs. Hughes and Carson threw themselves into the ocean holding hands – we’ve never actually seen one of the characters. with a bathing suit.
In “A New Era,” the cast heads to the south of France for a summer vacation when the widowed countess (played by Dame Maggie Smith) inherits a Mediterranean estate, meaning swimwear and sportswear.
“Tom is going to swim in the Mediterranean with Lucy all in one,” Robbins told Vogue UK about the franchise’s first swimsuit appearance.
The characters also wear cheeky tennis looks, according to the costume designer.
“Sportswear exploded in the 1930s,” she said, adding, “You see Edith and Bertie, Lucy and Tom playing doubles together, and I found original pieces with a rich cream color that the girls can play, in stark contrast to the green of the village lawn. “
There is a Vogue-worthy wedding dress
Tom Branson and Lucy Smith get their “happy forever” in the new movie “Downton Abbey”. Ben Blackall
After tragically losing his wife, Lady Sybil, Tom Branson (played by Allen Leech) has finally found love with Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton) in the first movie “Downton Abbey”.
In “A New Era,” the new couple heads to the altar and it turns out that their gorgeous wedding dress is inspired by the bright vintage fashion.
“When it came to designing Lucy’s wedding dress, I found a photograph in a 20s copy of Vogue that I recreated almost exactly,” Robbins told Vogue UK.
With sheer three-quarter sleeves, a bateau neckline and silver thread embroidered with a floral print on a satin bodice, the low-cut dress would have been an extremely fashionable look for the time.
“I wanted to make Lucy feel like she could lift her skirt and dance,” Robbins told Hello !, saying she wanted the dress to look different from the wedding dresses worn by the aristocratic characters in “Downton.”
While Lucy’s dress was made for her funniest character, Robbins told Vogue UK that Mrs Branson’s new vintage veil, topped with a pearl and diamond tiara, was “more elaborate than any other”. .
Hollywood style comes down to Downton
Movie star Myrna (played by Laura Haddock) brings a bit of glamor to the Yorkshire estate. © Focus Features / Courtesy of Everet
Viewers are enjoying some “luxurious and expensive designs” when a silent film cast arrives to shoot at the Downton Abbey estate, and Robbins told Vogue UK that he was looking for inspiration for Old Hollywood glamor costumes.
“Myrna is inspired by people like Clara Bow and Louise Brooks, but I also looked at the wardrobe of Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson and Lillian Gish when I looked for her pieces,” she said, adding that fans should be on the lookout. the “Art Deco leather stoles and jewelry.
Laura Haddock, who plays silent film diva Myrna Dalgleish, told Radio Times that she did her research on the stars of the time, adding, “Norma Talmadge was one I was really obsessed with.”
The Hollywood styles of movie stars contrast sharply with the outfits worn by their Downton counterparts, Robbins said, and she bought some authentic pieces from the era, including a pair of special shoes for Myrna that needed to be restored.
Chanel’s influence is everywhere
The characters wear gorgeous costumes on the Côte d’Azur inspired by the Chanel resort clothing of the time. © Focus Features / Courtesy of the Everett Collection
As the Crawleys travel to France, you’ll see their wardrobes go from the deepest colors and heaviest fabrics from an elegant English dress to lighter, holiday-ready clothes.
“I studied a lot of pictures of Chanel in the south of France while designing a little more relaxed holiday wardrobe for the Crawleys,” Robbins told Vogue UK, adding that “Edith in particular takes some of the bolder styles that were becoming popular … “
Along with the pants and the sporty look, expect shorter hems and the reintroduction of a more defined life as the characters dive into the 1930s and soak up the Mediterranean sun.
“I’m always looking for authentic, original vintage pieces to wear and the trip to France opened up a whole new range of pieces that would look out of place in Downton, but would fit perfectly on the Côte d’Azur.” Robbins shared in Hello!
“Downton Abbey: A New Era” is now in theaters.