Our Sunday nights are once again complete with the return of our very favourite period drama, Downton Abbey! It's been the will-they-won't-they to rival Jen and Justin but in the series three opener, Lady Mary Crawley finally gets her man in the dashing form of Matthew Crawley (no name change required and yes, they're distantly related). Moving gracefully into the 1920's, we've already been treated to a new hairdo (waves for Lady Edith) and cocktails before dinner (crazy!) but what we're most excited about is the costumes. Squeal!
Lady Mary's wedding gown for her big day did not disappoint. Yes, it's a modest affair but we couldn't fail to notice the striking resemblance to the dress that Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother wore when she married King George in 1923. It's a simple ivory column design with a satin sash drawing in below the waist and sheer, long sleeves. It's finished with a jewelled headband and a cathedral length veil (that's the floor sweeping kind).
Not only is it hugely representative of wedding dresses of that era, there's certainly a trend among the aristocracy and royals for covering up and preserving ones modesty as you walk down the aisle. Even Kate Middleton opted for sheer, lace sleeves on her Alexander McQueen gown just last year.
We'd love to see a bit more of Lady Mary in her frock so we're keeping our eyes peeled for episode two where we might just get a glimpse of how the aristocracy party like it's 1920. And, if that wasn't all *SPOILER ALERT* we're hearing rumours of yet another Downton wedding this series. Watch. This. Space...