'Downton Abbey' Costumes Are Often Recycled From Past Period Films

To do a proper period costume drama on TV these days, one must learn the fine art of recycling.

Just ask Emmy-winning Downton Abbey costume designerSusannah Buxton. While approximately one third of the Masterpiece Classic series costumes are designed and made, many of the women's gowns are actually worn agains, having previously appeared on other actresses in past period films.

For instance, a cream dress worn by Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) was initially worn by Helena Bonham Carter in A Room With A View. Lady Mary has already worn a black beaded choker previously worn by Monica Belucci in The Brotherhood of the Wolf. And in Season 2 she'll don a scarlet gown initially made for Catherine Zeta-Jones in the filmDeath Defying Acts. Read More...


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