Downton did it – the official film launched on the 13th September. The opening weekend saw a total gross of £5.1m over the first 3 days of release. The film played in 730 locations, averaging £7,087 – comfortably the highest of the weekend. Of course, we couldn’t take our eyes off the Downton Abbey suits and exquisite tailoring and textures worn by the cast throughout.
Set during a period of remarkable fashion and craftmanship, Costume Designer, Anna Robbins had to undertake a vast amount of research to ensure the outfits in the film were in keeping with the era: “You’ve got to become an expert in whatever era you’re then designing for. I went to the portrait gallery, the V&A, analysed a lot of 1920s garments and started shopping at vintage fairs to look at the cut and the construction. I immersed myself. You can’t do enough research as there’s always something else you can find, or a little detail that will find its way onto a costume.”
“Then we started the process with the work room, where we start cutting shapes, looking at detailing making toiles of garments. From there the fitting process would begin. Alongside that, there’s the script that needs to be broken down so that you know from a very practical sense what costumes you need and where. For Downton that is many and varied, because the family change their clothing so often.”
“I used a lot of vintage, authentic pieces, and designed around them, either restoring, customising, or using vintage fabrics and doing something new. All that fabric, all that detailing, all that craft has got to stand up to the scrutiny of being on a massive screen. The quality control when we were shopping was much higher, I was much more selective. You’ve got to have the impact and effectiveness as a head to toe outfit, but then be able to hone in on detail, and not have it overpower the scene.”
Off The Cuff LDN looks at how the modern gentleman can take inspiration from the fabulous costumes in 2019.
We loved Mr Carson’s speckled wool trousers. Manufactured in Italy from an unrivalled 100% wool quality, the Grey Flannel Formal Chinos by Turnbull & Asser are an ideal balance of style and form. The grey colourway ensures these trousers are a perfect choice for practically any outfit. They feature belt loops plus a back split waistband for comfort and fit. Trouser legs are unfinished, allowing you to alter as you wish.
Of course we can’t not mention evening attire, countless bowties adorn the necks of the male cast from Hugh Bonneville to Rob James-Collier to Matthew Goode for one grand event or another. Charles Tyrwhitt offer the White cotton Marcella self-tied bow tie. A classic bow tie crafted from 100% fine silk this accessory is hand finished to the upmost quality.
Mr Bates can be seen here wearing a rounded collar shirt and pinstripe trousers. Pinstripes are a classic staple for any wardrobe. Navy trousers with a timeless pinstripe design are ideal for smart weekday looks. This pair from Moss Bros London are cut in a contemporary slim fit so that they’ll sit close through the seat and thigh, and taper towards your ankles for a sharp profile.
We love the Hartford camp-collar linen shirt for a modern take on Bates’ rounded collar, more formal garment. Available on MR PORTER, this airy linen shirt looks smart and relaxed in equal measure.
To view the splendid cast in their marvellous attire be sure to visit your local picture house!
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