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!
It’s the home stretch, the last episode before the final finale, the so-called Christmas special (which obviously isn’t airing at Christmas for us Yanks). That means the show had best wrap up some storylines, stat!
Ooo, nice parasols — we haven’t seen many of those recently.
The pastels aren’t exciting, but they’re appropriate to the period. It’s interesting how Edith’s print is almost psychedelic.
Our friendly local police officer shows up to inform Mrs. Patmore that she’s running a House of Ill Repute.
Love how Anna’s hat is shaped to allow a chignon.
Mrs. Hughes-Carson always wears this chatelaine — tiny scissors as if to snip a bitch. Mrs. Patmore needs a sit-down.
Rosamund’s hair is elegantly pinned up in the back. Notice how they use a side twist to emulate a shaped bob, but clearly her hair is still long.
And she has great jewelry.
Obligatory Kendra squealing “PUPPEH!”
Mary seems to have a million stunning coats with asymmetrical collars — this one is in a brilliant cranberry.
With buttons down the back!
Here’s another subtle variation on basic black on Baxter.
OK, seeing this dress for the umpteenth time, even Trystan is tired of it.
Edith rocking the gold. Check how the print goes in waves. And NICE BLING!
Edith tells everyone her sweetie is gonna be a marquess.
Rosamund’s gold & black gown is fab, and here’s a great view of her long hair styled to look like a short marcel wave. It’s harder to see Isobel, but there’s some definite texture going on.
Mary’s face when she learns that Edith is going to outrank her: PRICELESS.
The geometric beading on Mary’s gown is very deco and almost makes up for the crappy head necklace. Almost. Hopefully you can see the tassels that are incorporated into the trim, just above her waist. FABulous.
Oh for chrissakes. What happened to all the lovely bandeaus? Or even that wired Christmas ribbon?
The next day, Mary is grumpy.
Let’s go for one more tweedy brother-sister walk.
These two love their tweedy walks.
Cora’s looking rather mumsy here.
We’re getting a Stepford Wife vibe.
Oh hai, we could out-rank all of you (if Edith doesn’t fuck it up).
Rosamund livens things up with her orientalist print jacket.
Closeup of Rosamund’s print, and hello, Edith in blue and cream.
This Moroccan print is astounding.
Isobel keeps it tasteful in a muted blue.
The printed accents on Mary’s dress add interest, and Kendra was quite fond of this ensemble, but something about it made Trystan want to stick a fork in her (or Mary’s) eye.
Over at Mrs. Patmore’s, her sister is bearing the brunt of the ire for the Ill Repute Debacle of 1925.
Sister-of-Patmore is kind of dumpy in her pale beige and pink dress.
Mr. Moseley has his first day of teaching. It doesn’t go great.
Meanwhile, Edith and Bertie get some alone time:
Time for an uncomfortable conversation! (And another pretty parasol.)
Nope, Edith chickens out. I wish we could see this parasol from the outside — I’ll bet it ties in with Edith’s AMAZING embroidery.
Back in the Abbey, the children continue to be The Calmest Children of All Time (Kendra thinks they are drugged).
Embroidery details extend to the back of Edith’s blouse.
Drugged children enjoy the show.
And Henry shows up to annoy Mary (okay, because Tom invited him).
Mary’s shoes match her top.
Everyone’s getting dressed for dinner:
Cora’s dress is a nice color on her, and all that lace! Here’s another shot of Rosamund’s side-roll faux-bob.
Another gold and black number for Rosamund — the combo suits her. Except the short sleeves make Kendra think of something you’d wear to a Republican fundraiser.
Mary makes a subtle entrance.
This is my ‘Go away, Henry Talbot, I’m totally not interested in you, nothing to see here, move along’ look.
Edith sticks with gold, this time with tone-on-tone beading.
This beaded head thingy — the hell?!?
After dinner, Bertie and Edith talk and Bertie leaves feeling like they are Officially Engaged.
Here you can see the full length of Edith’s ensemble.
The next day, Mary shits on Edith because she’s jealous, telling Bertie that Marigold is Edith’s biological daughter.
What do YOU wear for ruining your sister’s life? Mary goes tweedy, with a cute cross-over neckline blouse.
Edith’s peach dress is cute — great color on her, and Kendra loves these necktie styles.
In the library, Cora and Rosamund are hanging:
Rosamund in orange.
Cora in a print that’s a great color on her.
Over at Lord Merton’s house, Isobel confronts Miss Cruikshanks:
This episode is epically parasol-heavy, and we like it.
Miss Cruikshanks is going for a pale print.
This hat with the black and white ribbon is Isobel’s best of the season.
Back at the Abbey, Bertie is breaking up with Edith. Noooooo!
If you’re going to get dumped, wear an interesting dress.
This embroidery is a STUNNER. LOVE the color combination — going blue/white/green/red is totally unexpected against the peach, and it’s GREAT.
The print just keeps going and going (like the break-up).
Diamond inset! Lined kick pleats!
Back inside, Tom channels all of us and tells off Mary:
Who me? What did I do?
You tell her, Tom!
And here’s an overview of Mary’s “I’m a Total Bitch” ensemble.
Edith to Mary: “I know you to be a nasty, jealous, scheming bitch.” As do we all.
Edith ruffles off to London.
Moseley heads back for teaching day 2 with Baxter along:
Baxter may just wear simple black, but she gets some elegant trim on her hat.
Daisy does some (nice) snooping as Moseley teaches, which goes WAY better today:
Shockingly, she’s not in peach or orange — except for the hat!
The warm brown is in her wheelhouse, however.
That night, Mary is snappy with Anna and feels bad. About being snappy.
Japanese kimono as a robe, and her nightgown has some kind of embroidery on it.
In London, Edith focuses on work:
Consoling herself with work and a fabulous Chinoiserie jacket.
Laura, the editor, is in blue, and the secretary rewears her peach dress.
Over at the Abbey, Violet heard about Mary and Henry and is back from France to fix shit.
Granny’s back from her trip, looking the same as ever.
Downstairs, Mrs. Patmore and Daisy are prepping for Operation Recover Reputation.
Even Mrs. Patmore has a nice off-duty coat for a change — little bit of shine and pattern in the fabric, plus smart gloves and clutch purse.
Upstairs, Granny sits Mary down to ‘splain things:
Don’t go back to frumpville, Mary, and waste another day.
Seriously, it looks like a 1980s grampa sweater worn over a shitty ruffled granny blouse.
In London, we discover the true identity of the magazine’s advice columnist — Sprat!
Meanwhile, Edith may have been dumped, but she’s looking far more fashionable in her misery. Cute hat, secretary!
In Yorkshire, Mary goes to have a talk with Mathew’s grave:
Time for some guilt! Not over what a terrible person she’s been right now to her family, but over possibly remarrying and how her dead husband might feel.
So beige, Mary. SO beige.
Isobel keeps it tasteful in grey and blue.
This is a pretty good hat too, and the tone-on-tone damask coat is so understated in that typical Isobel way.
Over at Mrs. Patmore’s house, Roberta, Cora, and Rosamund have tea in order to get some good press.
Cora’s got another great hat. And the woven/embroidered subtle flowers on her dress are nice too.
A nice range of appropriate daywear on the looky-loos.
Rosamund is in wine, beige, and ivory; and Cora’s hidden her dress under a blue coat.
Daisy keeps it real in peach, and Mrs. Patmore’s sister is in a dull orange.
Check out the woven/embroidered cuffs and hem on Rosamund!
Meanwhile at the Abbey, Mary and Hnery get hitched. But we can’t enjoy it because we’re still so pissed at Mary.
Go ahead, Mary. If you want to get engaged in your frumpiest outfit, that’s on you.
It’s the wedding day! Edith is a better person than we and shows up.
Keeping it businesslike for travel in slate grey and cream.
Check out the cute buttons on the cross-over at the hip!
Cora and Mary are almost dressed the same, and Rosamund is just wearing too much look, as if to compensate for the lack of style in this room. Cora’s hat flower is lovely.
SUPER FUGLY wedding gown. Sure, second time around, but dayum. Also, that “V” trim or pleating totally points at her vag.
Fine, Edith has to be the bigger person because Mary is a perma-bitch. V’s on the back of Mary’s dress, too.
Mary looks like the mother of the bride.
At the wedding:
Could Anna and Bates be happy here?
Tasteful rewears from the grandmothers.
Or is Granny’s suit new? Whatever, it’s nice but standard issue for her.
The good news is that with her pale skin and dark hair, Mary looks great in off-white. Henry’s looking SHARP. She doesn’t deserve him.
Is Mosely falling asleep?
Dumpy daywear on all the servants.
Lady Shackleton rocks the beige. At least her hat is a great shape!
Carson gets verklempt and Mrs. Hughes is cuted out. So are well.
“I get everything and my sister gets nothing!”
She does rock the Snow White look!
Wait, is Daisy wearing yellow rather than peach under her brown coat?
Thank god Cora added that pale mauve jacket/sweater and hat. It livens up her outfit. Robert looks SO CUTE in his top hat.
Edith keeps it real in red with a navy and white jacket.
Holy crap, they didn’t drug the kids today!
Marigold needs a cute cloche, but we’ll let it slide
That’s almost it! The story is coming to a close. What do you think will happen in the very last episode?
Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Eight, Podcast Recap
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