The Sisterly Sartorial Showdown Between Mary and Edith Heats Up on 'Downton Abbey'

From a fashion standpoint, the most recent episode was a winner.
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The ladies of Downton Abbey, wearing every fabric and texture imaginable. Screengrab: PBS/Masterpiece 

The ladies of Downton Abbey, wearing every fabric and texture imaginable. Screengrab: PBS/Masterpiece 

Spoilers ahead.

With the exception of that Tarantino-esque scene in which Lord Grantham covered the entire dinner table with his blood in a dramatic and quite repulsive manner, this was a very pretty "Downton Abbey" episode from a costume perspective. Mary and Edith have parallel experiences occurring in their lives (new boyfriends, new jobs, etc.) and it's fun to compare how they're dressing for these. Click through to see how the fashion matched the plot in episode five, plus a bonus photo of "Downton'''s female cast members collecting their SAG awards this weekend. Mrs. Patmore sure cleans up nicely.