Hidden Details You Missed in A New Era’s Costumes

The glamorous and elegant costumes made for Downton Abbey: A New Era hide behind-the-scenes details and secrets that add to the story of the sequel.

The long-awaited sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era brought Hollywood to Downton, with an injection of glitz and glamor of a different kind, and all-new fashions to boot. With Europe on the verge of the 1930s, less traditional outfits, the rise of the androgynous look, and for men, less formalism. And the Downton Abbey The sequel film took every opportunity to show these changes.

Downton Abbey: A New EraThe actors wear very different costumes from their debut in the beloved original series. The trip to the south of France sees Hugh Bonneville’s stoic and often awkward Lord Grantham wearing summer suits in lighter colors, while his more progressive daughter Edith wore formal sportswear with her husband Bertie. And of course, with Mary’s succession as the true spiritual leader of the Crawley family, Michelle Dockery’s outfits saw her subtly take on her new coat, with small details paying homage to Maggie Smith’s Lady Violet.


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As Downton Abbey: A New EraCostume designer Anna Robbins says that “little details that could be really visible or quite subliminal are a costume designer’s favorites”, and A new era has extremely interesting elements hidden in some of the key costumes. Here are all the hidden and secret behind-the-scenes details of Downton Abbey: A New Era‘s costumes, to celebrate the release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD.

Mary’s Downton Abbey: New Age costumes reflect her becoming Violet’s true heir

Downton Abbey A New Era Michelle Dockery Lady Mary Crawley

Anna Robbins also confirmed in an interview with Screen Rant that “Violet and Mary’s interaction” was key to telling the story. A new era‘s story subtly. Mary is set up as Violet’s true heir, as the matriarch of Downton Abbey and the Crawley family, and just as her role was passed down, so were elements of her look.

We have this little brooch that Violet wore around her neck many, many times before she next saw it on Mary. And a truly meaningful ring that figured less but almost felt more meaningful.

In more subtle terms, A new eraMary’s costume team sought necklines and front detailing in Mary’s costumes to mirror Violet’s, but in a way that reflected her status as a modern, progressive woman heading into the 1930s. Robbins also revealed that the pin had a significant impact on Michelle Dockery: “I think she felt pretty emotional about it as a costume piece, which makes you realize how costume is a tool for actors.

by Lucy A new era The wedding dress is a mix of its 2 universes

Downton Abbey - A new era for Tom Lucy's marriage

Downton Abbey: A New Era opens with the wedding of Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and his wife Lucy (Tuppence Middleton), and while Crawley weddings were once big traditional affairs, it was a symbolic marriage of different worlds. As such, Lucy’s wedding dress was designed to feel “avant-garde, fresh and relaxed“according to Robbins, so that Lucy”could gather her skirts and really dance at her wedding reception“. It was designed to be beautiful, but also practical and fun; modern, but accentuated by the heirloom jewelry passed down from his mother as a nod to her heritage.

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Mr. Carson’s Perfect Movie Stage Costume

Mr. Carson Jim Carter Downton Abbey A New Era

In Hollywood’s fan-favorite Downton Abbey subplot, the staff are invited to play roles in The Gambler, and while Mr. Carson is appeased knowing he’s playing a Lord, his role is perfectly reserved. The rest of the cast are decked out in fancy clothing and jewelry, and the men wear faux sheepskin, befitting the movie-within-a-movie era. But Carson refuses to change, even for Hollywood and the only allusion to his character is a simple bow tie.

Myrna Dalgleish’s costume was designed to bring her out into a new era

Downton Abbey A New Era Myrna

As Downton Abbey: A New Erarevealed Myrna Dalgleish’s (Laura Haddock) hair and makeup artist to make her “alien” around Downton. She was designed to have a different look, especially for Mary, to accentuate the clash of glamor and class. This was achieved by dressing her in cool tones and brasher jewelry, reflecting her initial coldness as the character.

What would have been Daisy’s wedding dress

Downton Abbey Andy and Daisy

Although not seen on screen, costume designer Anna Robbins revealed what she thinks Daisy’s wedding dress would have looked like for her and Andy’s off-screen wedding:

Daisy would have married on her Sunday best, so we probably saw her in that movie, to be honest. But if I had the opportunity to design it, I would have liked to design something new and make it… [feel] as if it totally belonged to her wardrobe and that she had worn it many times before. But that she kept it good; that there was just a little more pigment in it. As shiny as it gets, still a practical piece of clothing that a staff member downstairs would have.”

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