'Downton Abbey' Fashion Recap: How Mary Dresses for Her New Bob

Kim Kardashian isn't the only one who debuted a new short 'do this weekend.
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Kim Kardashian isn't the only one who debuted a new short 'do this weekend.
Androgynous Lady Mary. Photo: PBS

Androgynous Lady Mary. Photo: PBS

Spoilers.

When I was in high school, we had to read F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." The title is self-explanatory, and it didn't really work out that well for Bernice as I recall. (It didn't stop me from bobbing my hair many times through the years, though.) In episode six of "Downton Abbey," which ran during Grammy Awards madness, Lady Mary made a pretty big hair statement, rivaling even Kim Kardashian's short hair news: She *gasp* bobbed her hair!

Click through for all the fashion moments from the episode, including insight from costume designer Anna Robbins about how she had to tweak Mary's wardrobe to suit her new sleek hair.  

Frumpy?

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Screengrab: PBS

In attempt to mess with Tony Gillingham, Mary asks Anna, "Do you think I'm looking frumpy?" Anna, of course, denies it, but I actually DO think this dusty rose ensemble is a bit frumpy for the usually sleek Lady Mary. 

Lady Mary Bobs Her Hair

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Screengrabs: PBS

I'm very impressed at the sleekness the hair stylist achieved without (presumably) silicone serum. However, the triangle in the back might possibly be a bit too editorial for real life. 

"You've made me feel very strong." -- Lady Mary to her hair stylist.

The Hair Stylists

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Screengrab: PBS

"At least she can carry it off. Most of them look like bald monkeys." -- Lady Mary's hair stylist, who had the most amazing anchor pin on his suit. 

Lady Edith, Still So, So Sad

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Screengrabs: PBS

Even her hats look sad and droopy and drab. Please, someone get Lady Edith her life back. 

Mary's Marsala Reveal Dress

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Screengrabs: PBS

Mary chose the color of 2015, marsala, for her big hair reveal to the family. For costume designer Anna Robbins, the shapes in the dress, which mirror Mary's new geometric cut, were really important. "[We wanted] to focus on the back, because we knew she’d turn in the room and there would be this focus on the back of her head. We had jewelry that complemented the sharper angles of her hair," Robbins says. "There were triangles and shapes formed within the dress, so there were opportunities for me to play with that. [Mary's] fashion has subtly moved forward, maybe picking up pace a little bit -- moving on to Chanel and Lanvin a little bit quicker. What we also found, was that things she’d worn before looked different. They sort of carried a different air with the sharper cropped hairdo."

 Cora's Nightie

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Screengrab: PBS

Cora's nighttime outfits are still better than what a lot of people wear during the day, modern times included. 

Mabel Lane, Foxy

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Screengrabs: PBS

Miss Mabel Lane Fox is really adorable in androgynous riding gear, although I don't think she has any more chemistry with Tony Gillingham than Lady Mary does.

Disapproving Ladies

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"This generation and their horses and their short hair...," think the older ladies. However, their symmetrically jaunty hats look fantastic. 

Mary's Bowler Moment

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Photo: PBS

Doubtless Ralph Lauren is going to recreate this look immediately for an upcoming collection.

Rose's Magical Hair Band

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Screengrabs: PBS

I cannot for the life of me figure out how this forehead band is attached. Has it been surgically implanted into Rose's skull?