Sunday’s Downton Abbey series finale will see the Crawleys organising a “fairy-tale” wedding as Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge, who became engaged at the end of episode seven, prepare to walk down the aisle.
Finding the all-important dress that she will do it in was the job of Downton’s costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins, who calls sourcing Rose’s outfit “the high point of my career.”
“Lady Rose would have had her wedding dress made especially for her big day, so I was anticipating having to make something from scratch. As it happened, we had the biggest stroke of luck,” she says in this week’s Radio Times magazine.
“The dress she wears is a completely original piece that we unearthed in a vintage shop in immaculate condition. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up when we found it and when Lily James put it on, it was one of those perfect moments you don’t get that often in your career.”
Rose’s wedding dress is markedly different from the dresses worn by her cousins Lady Mary and Lady Edith on their ill-fated wedding days. Her beaded gown and headdress reflects the change in time, as well as Rose’s “feminine, pretty and frivolous” style.
Take a look at Lady Rose’s “fairy-tale” wedding dress in all its glory:
Read the full article and see more images in this week’s Radio Times magazine
Downton Abbey concludes on Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV