Downton Abbey Costume Recap & Podcast: Season 6, Episode 5

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We here at Frock Flicks (okay, Kendra and Trystan) are so excited for the final season of Downton Abbey that we’re doing weekly costume recaps AND podcasts! Tune in each week for an episode-by-episode recap of our thoughts on both the plot and (especially) the costumes (designed by Anna Robbins) — because really, while we all are invested in the lives of the fictional Crawley family, don’t we actually keep coming back to see what they’re wearing? You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!

We begin this episode with a walk around the estate…

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Check out how alike Tom and Mary are dressed — both in menswear tweeds. In harmony with nature and each other.

The dowager comes to visit:

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Embroidered appliques on her collar and her… rump?

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Edith looks businesslike in her white blouse, blue skirt, and blue print necktie.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Blue. High round neckline. Hmm. It’s just OK.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Pewter lace. Boat neckline. More flattering. Take notes from your mother, Lady Mary. Note how harmoniously Robert and Cora are dressed.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Isobel gets some interesting Orientalist trim that runs up the front & down the back of her coat.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Front view of Isabel’s coat.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

We usually like the menswear look on Edith, but this tie, not so much.

The newlyweds have a dinner alone. But not all is well.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Mrs. Carson makes dinner for Mr. Picky-Pants.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

She needs to fling this plate straight at Carson’s face. Note how there’s a little bit of trim on Mrs. Hughes’s collar.

Over at the Dowager’s house…

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Denker is a bitch again. Yet another example of what could be basic black servant wear, but it’s enlivened with the inset and vertical banding.

Another day at the Abbey, another breakfast.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Lady Mary’s skinny tie is so new wave. Now, notice how her shirt and tie are almost identical to Tom’s below.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

See what we mean?

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

We’re of two minds about this green & white pattern — from a distance, it works, but up close, it looks kind of 1960s wallpaper-y.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Tom and Mary, two peas in a pod.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Baxter’s past has caught up with her, but she’s going to fight the good fight.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

At the trial-not-trial, Mrs. Baxter shows off her smart daywear, featuring a dress/blouse with side pintucks and a coordinating print scarf.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Her colors harmonize nicely with Mr. Moseley. When will these two get a room?

While Mr. Mason finally gets his farm.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Mary and Tom are momentarily down with the people. Again, everyone is in harmonizing colors. Isn’t anyone going to fight ever again?

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Is Mr. Mason’s coat velvet or corduroy? Either way, he is the epitome of earthiness.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Daisy’s daywear is SO on point! Take a look at that awesome use of multi-directional plaid! Perfectly period, perfectly proportional on her, suits her coloring, totally appropriate.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Same hat she’s been wearing all season; clearly, her off-duty wardrobe is in the same hues.

Edith returns to London to meet up with her new-beau.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5
Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

The matching blue coat and hat are a good contrast for that slightly-weird green print blouse.

And Brandon convinces Lady Mary to check out Henry Talbot’s race cars.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

We love this — vintage purses almost always have a mirror built-in, so it’s great to see someone use one!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Henry Talbot, dressed for driving… and revving Mary’s engine!

Big-time publisher Edith is going to make an important hire.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Edith’s assistant in peach stripes!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Edith’s new editor in stripes! Or is it a houndstooth or check? Either way, it’s a got a great neckline.

All the cousins are reunited with Donk and Gramma. We are worried that these children are drugged or something, because they are the mellowest kids we’ve ever seen. They’d have to be to not throw a tantrum over the Downton idea of fun times: looking at books!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Cora’s blouse has vertical and horizontal bands of embroidery. Very subtle and classy, just like her!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Check out Sybbie’s charming applique dress!

 

Mary deigns to visit a pub because she has the hots for Mr. Talbot.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Beers for the guys, and a genteel sherry (?) for Mary. SUCH harmonious colors!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Kendra’s boyfriend has drunk the Mary Kool-Aid.

Cocktails at Edith’s flat, nudge nudge, wink wink!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Edith is getting fond of these wide, lacy, beaded bandeaus. This one has reddish beads that pick up the red tunic under this FABULOUS hammered gold gown.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

While Bertie cleans up awfully nicely in his tux.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Edith gets some!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

She’s wearing a beautiful multi-colored coat that’s hard to see clearly, but accents that red and gold dress perfectly.

We’re almost ready for another fancy dinner at Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Have we seen this dress on Mrs. Hughes before? Yet another interesting-servant-wear look, with the brocade-y or applique inset. And a double collar?

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Neville Chamberlain — pre-appeasing Hitler — visits. He’s the Minister of Health, and of course, the dinky little Yorkshire hospital hubbub is a big enough deal for him to poke his nose in. Cora’s dress is gorgeous, with a dark gold top and the bottom some kind of mottled green and gold.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Meanwhile, the Dowager is wearing the most modern thing she’s ever worn! This ensemble is actually 1920s, with the whole vertical lines and the overdress/inset blouse/skirt/underdress look. Granny is pulling out all the stops!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Isobel’s looking pleasantly glinty, and there’s more of Cora’s awesome gold number.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Here’s a long shot of Isobel’s dress.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Lovely appliques on the back of the Dowager’s gown.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Edith’s in her classic green and gold.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Mary always looks stunning in black.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Chamberlain is played by Rupert Frazer, who has played a lot of aristocrats in other movies/TV shows, including Shackleton, Love in a Cold Climate, Berkeley Square, The House of Eliott, and lots more.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Bicker, bicker, bicker…

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Holy crap!!!

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

OMFG!!! DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN??!!?? (PS: NOT ON THE DRESS!)

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Yes. That really just happened.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

The hell are we going to do now? Here’s a full shot of Edith’s fab green/gold dress, btw, and the same coat she wore in London.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Just take consolation in our velvets and furs, I guess.

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The camisole/brassiere that Mary was wearing under her evening dress.

Downton Abbey Costume Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

Mary rocks a kimono while she Thinks About Things (aka Edith and Marigold): either what an ass she’s been, or what a hoor her sister is. Want to take bets which one?

Well there you go. Are you as shocked as we were? Hear us freak the fuck out on the podcast and comment below!

 

Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Five, Podcast Recap

Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!

13 Responses

  1. Susan Pola

    Edith really rocks it in the evening wear for her date with Bertie, the future marquess. Gosh, if she marries him, her rank will be higher than Mary’s.*snicker*
    Typo on Mary & Tom. His name’s Branson, not Brandon.

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  2. Adina

    I’m glad you guys are doing costume recaps, because I always thought Downton was a well costumed show, but I couldn’t stand the characters.

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  3. Christy

    I definitely freaked out at the dinner scene! I was so shocked. I yelled “oh my God!” Then “what the fuck!” I think this scene has to be at the top of surprises/shocks in movies and TV.

    As for the outfits, the evening wear is stunning. Edith has some great evening wear looks, that coat! I love her aqua and gold combos. The black beaded outfit Mary has on is gorgeous and I love her hair accessory. Edith has been wearing some great hair accessories as well.

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    • M.E. Lawrence

      And isn’t it nice to see Edith finally looking glowy and chic? (Apart from the straps on that one outfit; I didn’t know ’20s businesswomen wore backpacks…)

      Mary is the real shocker, though: applying lipstick in public, drinking–albeit Sherry or something–in a pub. I do enjoy the idea that as she and Tom become closer, they start dressing similarly.

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    • Duchess McEtiquette

      I agree it was shocking, but this quote from the article you linked is much more appalling: One antique which did not manage to escape Lord Grantham’s ulcer, however: Cora’s dress. “It was very, very tough for costume department, because Elizabeth’s dress was vintage lamé, and they had no duplicates because we didn’t expect it to hit her. They had to clean it up between takes and, as they cleaned it, it started to disintegrate.”

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      • Kendra

        I hear you, but — even wearing a vintage dress and just standing still creates wear (just from body oils), let alone moving and sweating in it. So, I think then we need to debate whether it’s okay to use vintage clothing for movies/film/theater. My thought is, if it’s museum-worthy, it should be in a museum. Otherwise, it’s fair game.

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        • Susan Pola

          I agree with you. And if worn in movies and TV, vintage dress needs ‘stunt double’ to prevent what happened to Cora’s gorgy vintage lame dress. Hope they paid for it.

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      • Trystan L. Bass

        Yep, you always run that risk with vintage — so either don’t use it & just put it on a shelf, in a museum, somewhere out of touch, or accept that if it’s going to be used (in a film/tv/theater production or for everyday or special occasions), it WILL get ruined somehow.

        Use means damage, either from simple human contact or from unexpected accidents, from stage blood to sudden rainstorms on the way to the set / event, you name it.

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  4. Carin

    My ONE WISH for the end of the series was that somebody was going to neaten up the back of Mary’s hair, but no such luck.

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    • Kendra

      Now that you mention it, I have been staring at her grown-out hair at the nape of her neck and wishing I had some scissors…

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