The ITV1 drama is set in 1912, in a stately home named Downton Abbey, during the reign of King George V. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them
Set in a time of opulence and elegance for the Upper Classes and a life of uniform and formality for those who live to serve them.
I dream of owning or getting the opportunity ever to wear such a corseted luxurious outfit. My heart has and always will belong to vintage clothing and this programme just further ignites those passions.
I adore the shape of garments in this era and how society dictated what was ‘proper’ for a lady to wear. This is a far cry for our disposable trends of the 21 century.
I find the ladies fondness for hats at this time most alluring, as a hat lover myself I marvel at the creations and beautiful millenary. Most ladies, even the working class would own a formal hat, with the upper classes having several hats or head pieces for all occasions. In this period it was as good etiquette, deemed polite and formal for a woman to wear a hat to such outings as church, a social visit to friends or society gathering.