Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Dockery loves Downton tiaras

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery loves nothing better than strapping on a tiara when shooting Downton Abbey.

The actress stars as Lady Mary in the British period drama and enjoys having the chance to dress up. Her favourite scenes are where her character is in a glamorous outfit, mostly because she enjoys putting on the glitzy jewels.

“The clothes are amazing, I love wearing them – especially the tiaras and I also love the cars too. I’m fascinated by them,” she told British magazine Heat.

Allen Leech portrays Tom Branson on the show and enjoys getting dressed up too. However, he finds the fan mail he receives even more interesting – and even that has a fashion bent.

“No,” he replied, when asked if he’s ever received a marriage proposal in a letter. “But I did get sent half a purple bra.”

“That was me actually,” Michelle giggled. “I’m such a fan, Allen.”

As well as being a hit in the UK, Downton Abbey has won legions of fans in America too. It’s done so well there that an exhibition of key costumes will be making its way stateside next year.

Among the items going on display at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library near Wilmington, Delaware, are Lady Sybil’s harem pants, Mary’s engagement dress and Lady Edith’s wedding gown.

“The first time I looked at the costumes up close, I was amazed at the incredible detail. They are surprisingly ornate,” said one of the curators of the exhibition, Maggie Lidz, according to Racked.

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