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Lady Mary Was the Toughest to Dress in Season 4 of Downton

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Once again, statesiders will have to endure British discussion of Downton Abbey before seeing it, but there are only spoilers ahead if you're not caught up to the fourth season. Glamour UK spoke with costume designer Caroline McCall regarding the latest episodes of the show, and discovered that Michelle Dockery's character, the ever-glamourous Lady Mary, was the most difficult to dress this time around:

There are so many constraints on her wardrobe due to class and mourning. This whole series she's in burgundy tones, purples and mauves and black, monochrome and grey. The whole wardrobe had to be in those tones because we couldn't lift her out of mourning. As a result the vast majority of Michelle's wardrobe had to be custom made. Even her country clothing had to be heathery tones, tweed. So that was quite tricky.
Head over to Glamour UK for more on the series costumes, including the difference between American clothing and British clothing [Hint: It has to do with ostentatious fabrics].
· Downton's Costume Designer: "Mary Is a Challenge to Dress [Glamour UK]
· See Lady Edith's New Look in the Latest Downton Abbey Trailer [Racked]