Tomorrow, Thursday 28 June, I'll be on a panel at ACMI discussing Downton Abbey. My particular focus will be on the costumes: how they're sourced; how they reflect character; and how they create an atmosphere of 'historical accuracy' within which the narrative nestles. It's the costumes that make a 'costume drama'.
I'll be writing up my presentation as an essay for Kill Your Darlings. Here are a few screencaps from my slideshow to give you a taste of what I'll be showing.
Incidentally, 'Dressing Downton' is also a dressmaking and costuming project spearheaded by The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart. Sewing enthusiasts are invited to blog their Downton Abbey-inspired projects, and you can see pics of their work.