The movie of the smash hit TV show Downton Abbey has just hit cinemas and it is certainly the best dressed movie of the year. Set in 1927 and telling the tale of a royal trip to Downton, the film is gentle, nostalgic escapism which I, for one, absolutely loved. Gloriously filmed, with stunning overhead shots of Highclere (where it is filmed) and its grounds, the film is a visual delight, and that is without even getting to the clothes worn by Lady Mary and Lady Edith which are simply exquisite.
With the film set in 1927, we have a true taste of the style of the 1920s. This means cloche hats, drop waist style dresses and beaded, fringed dresses. Shoes are of the buckled, Mary Jane variety, and the jewellery is showstopping, think Chanel style beads worn long and layered, with jewelled tiaras, diadems and headbands the order of the day for the ball at Harewood that is at the conclusion of the movie. There are also some nods to Art Deco, with the geometric patterns and monochrome blouse worn by Lady Mary.
The glamour is high and the style is totally fabulous. Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary has a bobbed haircut that makes her resemble the glorious and iconic Louise Brooks, and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith is equally as glamorous in champagne colours that totally match her colouring, she looks amazing all the way through the film, and one of her dresses is the subject of a subplot itself.
Autumn 2019 is the season of 1920s style, as we also have the already classic Peaky Blinders showcasing the style of 1929 for both men and women (Polly has had a stormer this series, she has looked incredible throughout.) With the Downton Movie, it doesn’t matter if you never watched the series, this is a stand alone episode, set two years after the series ended, and can totally be enjoyed, even by the Downton novice, and even if only for the clothes.