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Downton Abbey Fashions: When Art Meets Life

Downton Abbey fashion image season two

We’ve been fascinated by the fashions in Downton Abbey since Season One. KCTS 9’s Hilda Cullen writes about the luscious vintage fashions that inspired Downton Abbey's designers:

Fashion bloggers have been calling it the “Downton Abbey Effect,” and it’s been springing up everywhere, from designer Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2012 evening gown collection, to the New York Fashion Week runway show that Ralph Lauren hosted this fall at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey.

Mournful

Downton Abbey's Bransons and Crawleys in mourning at a christening

We know we're still not over the loss of Downton Abbey's "sweetest spirit." But how long will the Crawleys officially wear black? And just what is “half-mourning”? Tara Austen Weaver explains the traditions of mourning:

Downton is a dark place these days—tempers fraying, stiff upper lips (I’m looking at you, Carson), and lots and lots of black. The house is in mourning, upstairs and down.

Stand Back and Enjoy His Fall

Thomas, Downton Abbey season 3, episode 6

From our 21st century perspective, we have found it hard to sympathize with Thomas—but season three has changed all that. Tara Austen Weaver reports on a crucial plot element that comes to a turning point for Thomas in episode six.
 
Did you ever think you’d feel sorry for Thomas? Thomas—the guy who shot his hand through to leave the war, who sabotaged Bates at every turn. Snide, supercilious Thomas! Oh, how the mighty have fallen. O’Brien says, “Stand back and enjoy his fall,” but really, it’s hard to.
 

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 6: Let’s see what the future brings

Another cheerful dinner at Downton Abbey in season 3.

Amie Simon writes: This week brings us a two-hour episode filled with major changes for Downton, some excellent rapid-fired quip battles between Isobel and Violet, and perhaps the most scandalous moment ever to take place inside Downton’s walls!

Frolicking with Prostitutes! or, a Charlotte Russe pudding recipe inspired by Ethel

Basket-of-Berries Charlotte by distopiandreamgirl on Flickr

Surely if Ethel can manage an edible Charlotte Russe, we can too – never mind that before today, we thought “isinglass” was a lyric from a Beatles song. Happily, Tara Austen Weaver has located a proper recipe, and so we shall not go without our pudding… 

Photo source: distopiandreamgirl on Flickr

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 5: Bright Young Thing

Mrs. Patmore and Daisy downstairs at Downton Abbey, stealing the show

How do we talk about the pall over Downton, when not even Robert and Cora are speaking? This week’s recap highlights a heaping helping of Dowager Countess zingers and some good news from downstairs… And now, our recap by Amie Simon.

Once the Seizures Have Started…

Sybil, Branson and the baby - Downton Abbey 3, episode 4

What is toxemia or eclampsia? Could what happened in Downton Abbey be realistic? What about today? Tara Austen Weaver has researched and reports.

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4: Carry on, as we all should

Mary and Edith, momentarily united in joy.

This week's post needs little introduction... Amie Simon guides us through Downton Abbey's season 3, episode 4, in which more than one thing happened... but does anything else matter?

Over the seasons, Downton has brought us many tears, but never as many as this episode. I hope everyone had a box of tissues and a shoulder to lean on while watching.

Tricks of the Trade

Daisy and Mrs. Patmore prepping food at Downton Abbey

One of this episode’s near-disasters lightens the mood a bit downstairs. And, it’s taught your friendly blog editor not to fear making hollandaise, thanks to research by Tara Austen Weaver:

Alfred may be the first footman to have won a kitchen maid's favor with an egg, but he’s not the first person to use one to fix a broken hollandaise sauce.

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 3: A Great Many Noses Out of Joint

Alfred and Jimmy, Downton Abbey's newest staff

The plot thickens. In just one hour, we have Ireland, prison, handsome new footmen and an electric toaster. It's a tough night for Carson. And it'll be a long week for the rest of us. Read on when you're ready to find out who's BFFs with whom after season 3, episode three, in this week's recap by Amie Simon.

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