Downton Abbey inspired clothing
Season five of Downton Abbey coming to air on Jan. 4, 2015, and we’re all wondering what the future will hold for the Crawleys, but if you’re like me you’ll be looking forward to the new fashions and sets the series will showcase. If you’ve been living in a box and somehow missed watching Downton Abbey here’s a quick recap of the historical sequence. The series began with season one opening with the Titanic disaster in 1912. Fashion styles throughout the first season are from the Edwardian period. Most of the costumes are designed and made for the actors, but the outfit below was actually a complete original.
Season two was set during World War I and the Battle of the Somme in 1916 the season ran through to the 1918 flu pandemic. In this season the richly detailed pre-war fashions had changed to reflect darker somber designs as the war cast a shadow over everything and expensive materials grew harder to find.
Season three covered the years from 1920-1921. The beginning of the roaring 20s, the war had ended and a lighter mood came into the fashions with a wedding thrown into the mix that included the chance to showcase some fabulous gowns and designs.
Season four opens with birth and tragedy; the season covers 1921 – 1923 and the flapper attitude impacted many of the costumes – especially those worn by Lady Rose.
Season 5 is set to begin in 1924 when the first Labour government was elected into power, although they didn’t last for even a full year. Then there was the general strike in 1926 which brought a serious clash between unions and government. These were the years leading up to the Great depression in 1929.
Below is a collection of 1920s items inspired by the show with handy links .
For something that mixes with your current wardrobe try this “Gin Mill Feather Dress”: $312.00
The Gin Mill Feather Dress has a twenties drop waist silhouette. The skirt is covered in real feathers with a lined silk body and bound arm and neck. The dress was inspired by a loose and free 1920s style with the modern twist of added feathers.
Designer: Magnetic Threads: Magnetic Threads/ Meggen Connolley/ Bisbee Arizona/ Clothing Designer
Or if there is a wedding in your future and you need that “something old” this handmade one of a kind wedding bouquet is quite a find. It includes antique French glass beaded flowers complimented by vitange antique jewellery. A keepsake bouquet!
You can find this at: Bon Ton Chic Weddings
For some relatively inexpensive outfits try rosegal.com – but be careful the sizing is tiny and the clothing is often missing button holes and such. But for a modern classic look this blouse is only $15.57
There are also some fantastic holiday dresses in flapper style liek the dress below from www.unique-vintag.com
Or House of Recollections has this black Great Gatsby dress below
Whatever your style add a little class from the roaring 20s for your holiday season!