|Lady Mary's mourning dress|
These two dresses were worn by Mary and Cora at Sybbie's christening, when they were obviously in mourning for Sybil.
I didn't find these two all that exciting at first, but when you look at the details, they get a lot more interesting.
As with a lot of these costumes, they look far better on a real body than on a mannequin. I remember liking Mary's dress a lot on her, but at first this lavender dress here didn't do a lot. I liked the detail at the neckline, and then I looked at the repeat of it on the sleeve bands and the motif at the hem, and I liked it more.
|Lady Cora's mourning dress a/k/a|
the world's most glamorous robe
And of course, the hats. Do we even need to talk about the hats?
I didn't think so.
Cora's dress was plain, with a lovely brocade jacket that swept the floor. The draped collar was in a perfectly matched satin, but what intrigued me on closer inspection was that the floral motif on the jacket's cuffs had been lightly quilted. These are the kind of touches that get totally lost on TV, but that I love knowing are there.
|Back details for both|
Next up, a visit to the servants' hall. Don't worry, there are things to see there as well.
|Like I said, the HATS!!!|
|Detail, Lady Mary's neckline|
|Quilted cuff on Cora's jacket|