'Downton Abbey' fashion: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery work their staid silks and subdued tones

At its essence, "Downton Abbey," PBS' biggest hit ever, comes down to Julian Fellowes' mission for accuracy.Certainly the spot-on acting and seamless directing are critical to the drama, but the reason it never wavers is because not one teacup or glove is off."There should not be anything that jars," costume designer Caroline McCall tells Zap2it. "And I would hope that [viewers] just get caught up in it and lost in it. We are trying to create this world as authentically as we can."McCall ensures that the Dowager Countess' (Maggie Smith) staid silks and Martha Levinson's (Shirley MacLaine's) flashy dresses and feather accessories could never be confused."I go through the script and break down for each character and list what each character will require for each episode and see where the gaps are, and go through the costumes and see what is available and appropriate," McCall says. "First of all, you have got to work out...



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