Filed under: Accessories, BBC, Fashion, Vintage | Tags: Costume Drama, Keeley Hawes, Lady Agnes Holland, Upstairs Downstairs, vintage style
Hullo! This is the second part of my re-imagining two memorable costumes from the recent BBC drama, Upstairs Downstairs – basically a chance for me to swoon over pretty dresses.
Yesterday, I sighed over the scarlet silk bias-cut dress worn by Claire Foy as ‘Lady Persie’ [Persephone]; today will focus on her on-screen older sister, Lady Agnes Holland (played by the brilliant Keeley Hawes).
There was a particular scene in which Lady Agnes hurries Downstairs to the kitchen and pauses on the stairs. She wore a full-length gown covered in tiny gold shimmering sequins, and it was jaw-droppingly exquisite. I’ve never been a huge fan of gold, but this dress completely opened my eyes.
The dress used in the show is (so I believe) a vintage original, but I think I’ve found a passable modern interpretation if you’d like to wear something similar. It’s from Dorothy Perkins (yes, really) and is currently in their sale for only £40! It’s shown, below, with the draped back detail (which I think would work equally well – and a better re-creation of the Upstairs Downstairs look) at the front.
There weren’t a huge number of press shots to look at, but you can see what looks like very dark brown nail polish, so I went with that as a theme, along with a selection of accessories I think work really well with the outfit as a whole. I do hope you like the pieces I chose!
15 GBP – lookfantastic.com
2.33 GBP – international.drugstore.com
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