Hit PBS drama Downton Abbey made a clean sweep at the Emmy's last week taking home two awards, but there was another piece of hardware we were more interested in on Sunday night...
That would be the custom made tiara which Lady Mary (played by Michelle Dockery) wore to wed Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) in the show's season opener. In order to create it, Downton Abbey costume designers collaborated with British antique jeweller Bentley & Skinner to craft a Georgian tiara which features 45 carats worth of pavéd old-cut diamonds set in yellow gold and silver. Worth the princely sum of $200,000 USD, the piece can also be transformed into a brooch and headband - trés versatile.
And what about the dress? According to Costume Designer Lauren McCall, the handmade piece cost 4,000 British pounds (roughly $6,500 USD) to create. “Lady Mary’s wedding dress was the most expensive costume we’ve made...it’s a silver lace tabard fabric that goes into a train at the back, and underneath is a silk dress with silk sleeves. The lace goes into a ‘V’ at the back with tiny buttons and it’s completely edged with tiny rice pearls and Swarovski crystal.”
We're only sorry the dress wasn't on show for longer, the second episode jumped right into post-honeymoon scenes. Well if anything, the show's spoilers are saying we've got another Downton wedding to look forward to this season!
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by Alessia Domanico
Writer01 October 2012