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  • Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley wearing a green and pink blouse in the 2010 series "Downton Abbey."
    • ITV

    Downton Abbey

    2010

    Costume seen on Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley

  • Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley wearing a green and pink blouse in the 2011 series "Downton Abbey."
    • ITV

    Downton Abbey

    2011

    Costume seen on Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley

  • Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain wearing a green and pink blouse in the 2014 film "Testament of Youth."
    • BBC Films

    Testament of Youth

    2014

    Costume seen on Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain

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This blouse was worn twice in Downton Abbey. It was first seen in 2010 on Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley, and the following year was worn by Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley. In 2014 the piece was spotted being worn by Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth. 

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This blouse was worn twice in Downton Abbey. It was first seen in 2010 on Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley, and the following year was worn by Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley. In 2014 the piece was spotted being worn by Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth. 

This blouse was worn twice in Downton Abbey. It was first seen in 2010 on Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley, and the following year was worn by Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley. In 2014 the piece was spotted being worn by Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth. 

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  • Alden
  • Emilie
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  1. This recycling has a quite logical explanation: it was wartime and things were not like to spend money on clothes. The dresses of an Earl’s daughter are not exactly cheap, and it was a better choice to spend its cost in food and supplies for the hospital and the convalescent home, than in unnecessary luxuries…

    Plus, Sybil was a nurse, and she wore her uniform all day long, and Edith needed something comfortable to wear, given that she worked almost as much as the nurses attending the soldiers and helping to prepare beds and medicines… No one was going to notice that she was wearing her sister’s blouse. Not even Sybil herself. Don’t forget that we’re talking about Lady Edith, the Earl’s forgotten daughter.

  2. Well, you have to remember that all shows have a budget, and specially with the high number of extras needed for the 2nd series, the wardrobe department had to find a way to cut corners. It doesn’t bother me that they re-used the costume since I didn’t notice it and it was used in minor scenes. If they had reused say… Mary’s Christmas dress, then, yes! I would be angry since it’s used in a couple of memorable scenes (Carlisle vs Matthew fight scene and Matthew’s 2nd proposal). But minor scenes, who cares? And I’m sure if you were to ask the wardrobe department, they would give you a logical explanation for it, like “Sybil was off being a nurse, and like she mentioned in the show to Branson, she never really got to wear much of her clothing since she was in uniform all the time. She tried to wear some out and probably gave away the rest, to charity or in this particular case, Edith. They’re sisters so they probably share some of their clothes, anyway. And the costume was used a season later, what are the odds viewers will remember every single costume worn? As long as the reused costume didn’t take you out of the moment and fit its purpose in the episode, we did our job.”

    Just trying to even out the argument 🙂


  3. I agree with you that the sisters share clothes. In series 1, Sybil gets a skirt that Mary never wears. My wish is that it won’t happen in series 3 and the people involved in this have noticed the reoccuring pattern. 🙂

  4. I agree. I mean, I think it’s plausable that sisters might wear the same outfit, but I find it more likely that Edith would pass it onto Sybil rather than Sybil passing it onto Edith. The show that REALLY needed to do a better job of recording where costumes were used more than once is The Tudors…the same costumes showed up so much on that show it was embarassing!

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Costume Commentary

  1. This recycling has a quite logical explanation: it was wartime and things were not like to spend money on clothes. The dresses of an Earl’s daughter are not exactly cheap, and it was a better choice to spend its cost in food and supplies for the hospital and the convalescent home, than in unnecessary luxuries…

    Plus, Sybil was a nurse, and she wore her uniform all day long, and Edith needed something comfortable to wear, given that she worked almost as much as the nurses attending the soldiers and helping to prepare beds and medicines… No one was going to notice that she was wearing her sister’s blouse. Not even Sybil herself. Don’t forget that we’re talking about Lady Edith, the Earl’s forgotten daughter.

  2. Well, you have to remember that all shows have a budget, and specially with the high number of extras needed for the 2nd series, the wardrobe department had to find a way to cut corners. It doesn’t bother me that they re-used the costume since I didn’t notice it and it was used in minor scenes. If they had reused say… Mary’s Christmas dress, then, yes! I would be angry since it’s used in a couple of memorable scenes (Carlisle vs Matthew fight scene and Matthew’s 2nd proposal). But minor scenes, who cares? And I’m sure if you were to ask the wardrobe department, they would give you a logical explanation for it, like “Sybil was off being a nurse, and like she mentioned in the show to Branson, she never really got to wear much of her clothing since she was in uniform all the time. She tried to wear some out and probably gave away the rest, to charity or in this particular case, Edith. They’re sisters so they probably share some of their clothes, anyway. And the costume was used a season later, what are the odds viewers will remember every single costume worn? As long as the reused costume didn’t take you out of the moment and fit its purpose in the episode, we did our job.”

    Just trying to even out the argument 🙂


  3. I agree with you that the sisters share clothes. In series 1, Sybil gets a skirt that Mary never wears. My wish is that it won’t happen in series 3 and the people involved in this have noticed the reoccuring pattern. 🙂

  4. I agree. I mean, I think it’s plausable that sisters might wear the same outfit, but I find it more likely that Edith would pass it onto Sybil rather than Sybil passing it onto Edith. The show that REALLY needed to do a better job of recording where costumes were used more than once is The Tudors…the same costumes showed up so much on that show it was embarassing!

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Costume Commentary

  1. This recycling has a quite logical explanation: it was wartime and things were not like to spend money on clothes. The dresses of an Earl’s daughter are not exactly cheap, and it was a better choice to spend its cost in food and supplies for the hospital and the convalescent home, than in unnecessary luxuries…

    Plus, Sybil was a nurse, and she wore her uniform all day long, and Edith needed something comfortable to wear, given that she worked almost as much as the nurses attending the soldiers and helping to prepare beds and medicines… No one was going to notice that she was wearing her sister’s blouse. Not even Sybil herself. Don’t forget that we’re talking about Lady Edith, the Earl’s forgotten daughter.

  2. Well, you have to remember that all shows have a budget, and specially with the high number of extras needed for the 2nd series, the wardrobe department had to find a way to cut corners. It doesn’t bother me that they re-used the costume since I didn’t notice it and it was used in minor scenes. If they had reused say… Mary’s Christmas dress, then, yes! I would be angry since it’s used in a couple of memorable scenes (Carlisle vs Matthew fight scene and Matthew’s 2nd proposal). But minor scenes, who cares? And I’m sure if you were to ask the wardrobe department, they would give you a logical explanation for it, like “Sybil was off being a nurse, and like she mentioned in the show to Branson, she never really got to wear much of her clothing since she was in uniform all the time. She tried to wear some out and probably gave away the rest, to charity or in this particular case, Edith. They’re sisters so they probably share some of their clothes, anyway. And the costume was used a season later, what are the odds viewers will remember every single costume worn? As long as the reused costume didn’t take you out of the moment and fit its purpose in the episode, we did our job.”

    Just trying to even out the argument 🙂


  3. I agree with you that the sisters share clothes. In series 1, Sybil gets a skirt that Mary never wears. My wish is that it won’t happen in series 3 and the people involved in this have noticed the reoccuring pattern. 🙂

  4. I agree. I mean, I think it’s plausable that sisters might wear the same outfit, but I find it more likely that Edith would pass it onto Sybil rather than Sybil passing it onto Edith. The show that REALLY needed to do a better job of recording where costumes were used more than once is The Tudors…the same costumes showed up so much on that show it was embarassing!

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