Susannah Buxton - Downton's Costume Designer

Designing for Downton - Costume Designer Susannah Buxton chats about choosing the wardrobe for Downton Abbey

"On Downton, about a third of everything the actors wear is made from scratch. There was press criticism that some of the wardrobe was hired, but it would be insanely expensive to make every item, as some fabrics don’t even exist anymore – but you can find them in an original dress. I refashioned a £5,000 gown made for Nicole Kidman in a feature film 10 years ago to fit Michelle Dockery [Mary]. I couldn’t possibly have made that dress – we couldn’t afford the jet beading."
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Recycled Costumes has posted a few examples of outfits worn for Downton Abbey previously seen other period dramas, in this case, A Room with a View.
See also:
Michelle Dockery's dress worn in Finding Neverland
Michelle Dockery's necklace worn previously

[Thought I'd already posted this but it got lost in my drafts of posts.]

4 comments:

  1. There's a website that shows recyled costumes.
    http://www.recycledmoviecostumes.com/

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  2. @anastasiastarz
    Yes, if you'll notice, I linked to it in the post and that's where the image is borrowed from!

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  3. When we lived in England, we were invited to a midlevel fancy dress party at the 15th C. home of friends in our village. We went to the BBC costume hire, which is no longer there, and were fitted out in wonderful costumes from some of the glorious period dramas. It was so much fun to be able to wear the same gowns that the actors in "The Six Wives of Henry XIII", and "Elizabeth R" wore. We draped as much jewelry on as possible. It was a wonderful evening. I remember the two gowns cost £40. Worth every penny!!

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  4. @Priscilla
    Lucky you! I can imagine that it must have been so fun to do!

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