As you can see, all the costumes were accompanied by photographs of the actors wearing the costumes. It is so interesting to see the sizes of the actors and realize they actually wore these clothes.
These are the dresses the Crawley sister's wore to Edith's wedding. On TV you never see all the beautiful embroidery and beading at the waist and on the train of her wedding dress, and you can see some more neat detailing in the back by looking in the mirror.
Sybil's dress on the left above amazed me by how shapeless it was. I didn't notice that when it was actually being worn on TV.
Mary's dress in the middle was made from scratch, first as as white dress which was then gradually dyed to the shade of blue desired.
To learn about her design philosophy directly read this interview with Susannah Buxton at the Time website.
OH ... I forgot to mention! Martha McCain was with me. She lives in New York, so we met half way to see this together. Most of you know how much Martha knows about fashion history, so you can imagine her comments about some of these dress interpretations. But, don't forget Martha worked for years as a theatrical costumer. So, after observing the historical squishiness of some of the costumes, Martha said to me how the costumes worked fine on TV. The costumes should help the actor's do their job, not become the focal point of the show.
It was SO romantic!!!!
Can't wait for season 5 coming so soon.