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October 18, 2011

Bringing fancy back

Sales of silk gloves, empire-line velvet dresses and demure strings of pearls surge as Downton Abbey influences the high street.

Downton Abbey fashions for all? You mean that even shopgirls and the second maid of the coalscuttle can now afford to wear the kind of elegant velvets and fur shrugs that were once enjoyed only by the proper ladies of the aristocracy?

Well I never. This is the kind of thing that would give Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, as played by Dame Maggie Smith, a fit of the oyster-eyed vapours. Yet this is exactly what is happening.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 18, 2011 08:47 AM