Friday, October 21, 2011

Downton Fever

I'm finally catching up season 2 of Downton Abbey now that a friend has directed me to website that streams it (I won't give away my sources here, but if you want to know, feel free to send me a message on facebook). In fact, I decided to do this blog post because I used up my 72 minutes of streaming and I have to be patient for an hour - I am not good at that.

I'm very excited that season 2 is set two years after the end of season 1, as WWI is one of my (many) favorite costume eras. I feel like it's often overlooked as it was just a few short years occuring between the famous Edwardian Period and the Roaring Twenties. The Lavinia Swire has worn some of my favorite gowns, with the waistline dropped back to the natural waistline from the early teens and fuller skirts - the Crawley sisters still seem to be wearing the slimmer late Edwardian styles. Unfortunately, I could find any images of these online, but here are a couple similar styles from the pinterest boards:

c. 1915 dress

c. 1915 dress, Cincinnati Art Museum

Man, that's gorgeous. So, have you caught Downton fever? If you have, is the second season living up to your expectations? (I know that this is opening Pandora's Box, but I must ask) Are you on Team Mary or Team Edith? I have the less popular stance of pro-Edith.

In unrelated news, my sister-in-law is currently giving birth, so this blog will feature some baby pictures soon!

UPDATE: Here's an email from my brother: "Azad Ahluwalia Gohn was born at 2:35am on Saturday, 7 pounds 11 ounces, 20-3/4" long. Mom and baby are both healthy and doing well, and mom and dad are endlessly happy. Photos to come in a few days." YAY!!

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  1. I adore Downton Abbey!!! I just got my hair bobbed and hope to do an Edith inspired hairstyle. :)

  2. I'm glad to see someone else out there likes Edith! (Just a few minutes ago I was discussing this debate with a "Team Mary" person, grrr). I quite like her hairstyle too, but I'm way too cowardly to cut my hair, so I shall have to admire yours instead!

  3. Oh, I do love later 'teens fashion, and am quite grumpy that Downton has mostly been sticking to the earlier (and more 'popular') styles. I also wish they would put the girls in a decent amount of underwear!

    I have to admit I don't love the show. Too many characters are too OTT and histrionic. I guess that is why I am Team 'Oh My Lord, get a grip on yourself and start acting like decent people'. I mean, I didn't always get on with my sisters, but what kind of sisters do that stuff to each other!

  4. Edith and Mary are quite impressively horrible to each other. It didn't seem very strange to me, but I only have brothers who are much older than me, and the stories one tends to hear from family members with sisters are about the crazy fights, not about the usual times when they get along.

    The character I've been having trouble with in season 2 is the chauffeur. He's seems a wee bit too creepy and insistant.