Downton Abbey (again)


Oh, Downton Abbey – you started like a lamb but appear to be going out like a lion. Or something. I wasn’t too keen on the first two episodes but the third one in the new season has made me remember why I loved you so much last year.

I think that I have really gone off Mr Bates now. It’s not me, it’s him. I just can’t respect or even slightly fancy someone so weak. Yes, yes he’s supposed to be all self sacrificial and all that, but honestly, who’d want to live with that and the constant fear of gentle recrimination on a daily basis? Not me.

Seriously, Mr Bates, stop being so bloody wet and get a grip on yourself, man.

Instead, I have transferred my fickle affections to the Hot Irish Chauffeur. At least self sacrifice appears to be pretty low on his agenda.

I have to say too (well, I don’t HAVE to say it but since when has that stopped me?) that I’ve gone off Lady Mary as well. I get that she’s supposed to be the heroine of the piece (actually, is she?) but I find her too icily mercenary to really warm to. I always thought Lady Sybil was ace (I know the concept of the Super Modern Upper Class Girl Struggling Against Her Pre-Ordained Destiny is enough to get your collective teeth itching but I happen to like it as a trope) and now to my surprise I find myself warming to Lady Edith as well. I think there’s something very Nancy Mitford Character about her, which is always pleasing.

I have to say though that the whole Daisy and William situation makes me feel very uncomfortable indeed. Poor lambs. Don’t worry though, Daisy, he’s far too happy about going to war to come back alive…

Anyway, in tribute to re-awakened love and also the fact that Lady Mary only seems to have one evening dress, here’s a peep at some heavenly Callot Soeurs dresses from the WWI period, which are all housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York…

This dress is a bit earlier (c1910), but I had to include it as I love it so much…

Oh and just look at these two BoullĂ© Soeurs court presentation dresses – I love the way that they manage to mimic formal court panniers and have trains, while still retaining some flapper style!

Here’s another BouĂ© Sisters dress, which looks like just the sort of thing that I would LOVE to find in the attic and then wear on special occasions forever afterwards. It’s perfection.


8 thoughts on “Downton Abbey (again)

  • Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

    I can’t wait to see the new series of Downton Abbey. I cannot wait until January so I plan on ordering the UK version in November along with the companion book (Thank God, I have a region free DVD player). I wasn’t too keen on Lady Mary in the first series. I thought she was unnecessarily cruel to Lady Edith, who seems to get lost as only a middle sister can do. There’s something sort of Jan Bradyish about Lady Edith. Thanks so much for the lovely photos. I had never heard of the Boue sisters.

  • Sarah A

    Totally agree about Bates. Brendan Coyle is still indecently sexy but the character has become far too much like a sad old Labrador about to go and live on a farm. Hot Irish Chauffeur, though? Hell yes, hasn’t he grown up since the last series?

  • Daphne

    I just watched season one over the weekend and I”m hooked! Can’t wait till season two is on here in January. I don’t like Lady Mary much either.

  • Jules

    Well just watched episode four (stop reading here to avoid spoilers) and cried like a big girl when Matthew walked in and started to sing…quite agree about Bates, and can understand Daisy’s reluctance to get too excited about harmless William. The one who really creeps me out is the butler from Isabel’s menage, he just tries too hard.

    Simply fabulous dresses, thanks for these pics…they just reinforce the awareness of what rubbish passes for clothing nowadays…

  • stitch this

    I want to get some patterns and make a modern day version of the court dresses. They’re quite Japanese in the colour palette – tapes and tea stains. Lovely.

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