Slideshow: Behind the Scenes of Rose's Fairy Tale Wedding Dress
As the Dowager Countess quipped, "Love may not conquer all, but it can conquer quite a lot." For Rose and Atticus, there was no shortage of adversity to conquer, and it fell on
Downton Abbey costume designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins to create wedding outfits worthy of their triumph. Go behind the scenes as Robbins shares the fairy tale story behind Lady Rose's vintage wedding dress all the details that made the blushing bride say yes to the dress.
Twice the Glamour, Twice the Fun
"With Rose's wedding, it was such a privilege because I actually got to design two wedding outfits, the registry and then the reception. Even designing one wedding outfit for
Downton Abbey would be a real highlight, and to be able to do two was fantastic."
Finding the Wedding Reception Dress: A Fairy Tale
"The wedding dress that she wears to the reception is actually an original piece, beautiful beaded on a silk tulle. It was just a ghost of a dress, and I stumbled upon it. A trader I'd made friends with has a little shop in London and he actually kept it in a box—it had never been worn, and we managed to give it this fairy tale ending, this wedding dress that was a hundred years old and had never been worn."
"It was an amazing moment when we found it, and when we put it on Lily and it fitted perfectly. That doesn't happen very often. So we then picked this beautiful ivory and buttery silk and made the under-dress which complemented her skin tone."
Roses for Rose
"I made the headdress out of roses. My milliner has a way of preserving real roses so that they last forever, so her headdress had real roses in it, and we used them in the bouquet with little wax flowers from the '20s and pearls and gilded ferns, he covered the ferns with gold. It was a beautiful, beautiful costume."
The Wedding Suit: The Registry
"She's such a frothy, fun character who's got great energy; very flirty and young and cutting edge, the youngest of that generation. And yet she comes of age in this series, and I wanted to make sure that she had a more sophisticated look throughout the series, with it culminating in that outfit. She was becoming somebody's wife, and it was really important to me that it was sophisticated and grown up, but didn't lose any of that energy that Lady Rose has."
Collar & Color
"The registry outfit came from an original collar piece, which has these beautiful hand-painted roses and a kind of lattice of piping, that came from Paris. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, then as soon as that script came through, I knew I wanted to use it, and that was the starting point for the outfit. Then I just picked out a beautiful sky blue color that Lady Rose really makes pop."
The Wedding Hat
"The hat was done by my fabulous milliner. And again, there were real roses on that. When you have a character called Lady Rose it's hard not to bring in roses where you can, it's her namesake."