'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 8 Fashion Recap: Rose's Many Wedding Outfits

The show's costume designer gives us all the details.
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The show's costume designer gives us all the details.
Hat game: on point. Photo: PBS

Hat game: on point. Photo: PBS

Spoilers.

After a brief reprieve for New York Fashion Week, we now all have time to watch TV again. So, back to "Downton Abbey," where were treated to a wedding! Well, technically two. Well, technically they weren't real weddings, depending on who you ask. Either way, it was all about Rose this week, and she wore many things. The show's costume designer Anna Robbins gave me some intriguing details about her wedding gown, too. Let's look at it all. 

Rose's Head

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Screengrabs: PBS

Rose is certainly versatile when it comes to head ornamentation. Her Princess Leia wedding hair is one of my favorite hair looks on her ever. 

The Trousseau

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Screengrabs: PBS

While trying on what I presume is her trousseau, Rose asked the family whether or not she looked mumsy. Mary told her she looks chic; but frankly, it's kinda mumsy. Sorry. 

The Tart

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Screengrabs: PBS

The lady paid to make it look like she had a hook-up with Atticus had what appears to be dyed red hair (the sure sign of a tart if there ever was one -- see: "Gone With the Wind"'s Belle Watling) and dark lipstick, something you don't see much on the show. 

Edith's Hats

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Screengrab and photo: PBS

Now that Edith has Marigold at the Abbey, her wardrobe seems lighter and springier. I love both of these asymmetric toppers she wore, and she really looks good in dove grey. 

The First Wedding

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Photo: PBS

For Rose and Atticus's wedding at their equivalent of the Justice of the Peace, Rose wore a light blue mother-of-the bride suit. Atticus wore a fantastic pin-striped suit. 

The Wedding That Was Really Just a Blessing But Featured a Wedding Gown

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Photo: PBS

OOOOOOH. Even though Rose and Atticus didn't have a proper wedding in a synagogue or church, she still got to wear a full-on gown, sans veil. Here's what Costume Designer Anna Robbins told me via email about Rose's vintage, never-worn gown:

"I wanted Rose's dress to be delicate and beautiful and ethereal. I wanted there to be tawny tones with the ivory and I knew I wanted to use real roses in her hair, combined with pearls and gilt leaves. I intended to make a dress out of vintage lace but then I stumbled upon a vintage original and I just knew I had found her wedding dress. It had never been worn, which makes me wonder whether there is a sad story behind the dress that was made for somebody whose wedding day never took place. I work with a vintage specialist from Islington in London who had collected it and kept it for years. So it makes me happy that we've given the dress a happy ending and restored it to its intended glory. We made the silk slip to be worn under the beaded tulle and compliment Lily's complexion. Sean Barratt made the headdress and bouquet. It was a privilege and a pleasure to design and make a wedding dress for 'Downton,' I'm thrilled with the result."

Let's Not Forget About Mary

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Screengrabs: PBS

Mary looked as sleek as usual, though she went bigger with her accessories, like the flower-adorned hat and corsage on the center dress. 

The Dowager's Moment

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I love the Dowager Countess' story arc this season, and the writers' message that no matter your age, you should care about your outfit when your crush comes over to visit. 

Cora Wore Some Hats, Too

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Screengrabs: PBS

I never get sick of ogling this show's hats and wishing that I could wear something besides a squishy beanie every single day. 

The Staff Is Out of Uniform

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Screengrab: PBS

It's always notable when the staff gets a day off and can wear regular clothes. I really like Daisy's monochrome Céline-esque look here.