Downton Abbey 2: A New Era: The Story of Lucy Smith’s Wedding

Downton Abbey: A New Era It sounds like a happy family affair, but the highlight of the Crollies is the wedding we see in the movie. widower Tom Branson (Allen Leach), husband of the late Mrs. Sybil, married Lucy Smith (Tobins Middleton) in a quintessentially British celebration that puts Lucy, a maid in the Yorkshire household, center stage for the first time.

Lucy Smith creates a gorgeous bride in her plunging-waist-inspired dress Chanel and her gorgeous Art Deco veil, decorated with white roses and silver vines climbing up delicate tulle. The headgear was purchased by Jane Purvisa specialist in antique lace, he discovered it four years ago, by chance, in ebay. “I couldn’t believe it! How could he be so handsome?” Jane Purvis, who fell in love with this strange design at first sight. “It’s the only veil I’ve ever seen that’s made like this, it’s a rare piece.”

A room shrouded in mystery

Jane Purvis I imagined that one day a member of a modern British aristocratic family would get married wearing this gorgeous model, and he named it Desdemona, after a character Shakespeare at othello. “I found the name intriguing; this whole story is full of mystery. Everyone who works with vintage fabrics and vintage dresses is excited about it. [les histoires fascinantes]’, he explains Jane Purvis, who once sewed a dress with a little tag written on it in 1869 and the name of its previous owner. She also remembers a time when she had a series of WWI-era dresses with handwritten notes inside the boxes. She recalls, speaking of a dress she finally restored to another bride: “The prospective groom hasn’t come home, you can see the dress hasn’t been worn. It was so sad.”

Jane Purvis sells the Desdemona veil that Lucy Smith wore in Downton Abbey: A New EraFor £795.

When Desdemona arrived at the headquarters Jane Purvis In the Portobello Arcade (a magical and intimate shop full of textiles) the latter sent more than 3.5 meters of fabric to India, where embroiderers began work on reproducing the unique and fragile piece, that is, for several months. Client Downton Abbey He came in 2020, and fell hopelessly in love with the model.

Real craft work

Anna Robbins [la première costumière, nommée aux Emmy Awards] He had a strong and consistent opinion regarding the colors and the type of lace that was to be used for the veil.” Jane Purvis. The fashion designer in question is what one might call a meticulous researcher, never content with pure and absolute originality but knowing what she wants. “The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is huge; almost everything is done from scratch,” he says. Jane Purvis, who always makes replicas of the originals, gets her hands on it, in order to preserve the traces of history she finds. Either way, the original Desdemona would have been too brittle to withstand the shooting process, and the fading spots, and signs of past lives, weren’t accepted on the big screen.


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