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Downton Abbey, The Jazz Age Flapper Rules the Roost!

December 25, 2015 in Featured
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Journalist Alison Jane photographed at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond-Upon-Thames by Intern Elisabetta Landoni

Journalist Alison Jane photographed at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond-Upon-Thames by Intern Elisabetta Landoni

Downton Abbey, The Jazz Age Flapper Rules the Roost!

Merry Christmas Ethical Hedonists!  Given that our collective love affair with Downton Abbey draws to a close tonight, it only seems fitting that I should mark the occasion by skipping back to the Jazz Age, with a dash of Strictly too. To the darling, daring twenties, in a vintage couture flapper dress worthy of Lady Mary’s admiration.  Have you noticed that fashion is having a Downton Abbey grand amour? Sensuous, embellished opera jackets, and bejewelled headbands and sparkling collars are de rigour.  What fun! Raid Fortnum and Mason, grandma’s attic or your nearest vintage treasure trove!  It was certainly love at first shimmering sequin, the instant my extrovert, vintage Frank Usher, dream of a dress fluttered and shimmered past my chair at the Earl Mountbatten Charity Hospice Sale a few weeks ago. Nothing cheers a girl more than a twinkling, gold vintage dress that cries’ take me dancing’ – and raises money for a very special cause.

Alison Jane wears a dress by ????? Bought at the Earl Mountbatten Charity Fashion Show, in Ventnor, On the Isle of Wight.

Alison Jane wears a vintage couture dress by Frank Usher, bought at the Earl Mountbatten Charity Fashion Show, in Ventnor, On the Isle of Wight. Rose gold Mary Jane’s by Kat Maconie; pansy embellished headband  from Designers Guild London; vintage twenties cape, AJ’S own. Photographed by Elisabetta Landoni at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond-Upon-Thames, London.

Lady Edith Must Find Happiness and Get the Best Frocks!

So, as we we curl up on on our sofas, how will our grand love affair with the 21st century version of Upstairs, Downstairs end? Of course, we all want Lady Edith to be truly happy at last and upstage her icy sister, Lady Mary, in the finest fashion fripperies. Though my heart goes out to the actress Michelle Dockery who has played her with such brilliance, for her recent loss.  No doubt the dowager countess, Maggie Smith, will despair over the modern age, with her usual rapier wit; Lord and Lady Grantham will perhaps contemplate retiring to a more modest pile; while Mary becomes a thoroughly modern business woman, pig farmer and chatelaine of Downton Abbey – and the servants all leave and become frightfully middle class.  I can’t wait to sip a glass of organic champagne and ponder which television drama could possibly follow in the sparkling, escapist slipstream of Downton Abbey, and capture the collective imagination in 2016!   Alison Jane Reid.

A Big Thank you to The Bingham Hotel, Richmond-Upon Thames –  The Bingham is an 18th Century Townhouse Hotel, with a passion for authentic luxury and local food     www.thebingham.co.uk

Watch the final episode of Downton Abbey on ITV, Christmas Day at 8.45pm  – and on demand at  www.itv.com

 

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Alison Jane Reid

Alison Jane Reid - Journalist, Editor & Emerald Princess of Slow, Sustainable Luxury Living - 18 year track record interviewing real icons for: The Times, The Lady, You, The Mirror and Country Life. Now leading her alluring fairtrade, emerald revolution - Don’t Miss Out - Have you joined The Ethical Hedonist set?



2 responses to “Downton Abbey, The Jazz Age Flapper Rules the Roost!”

  1. Ashley says:

    Stunning ensemble! Love the entire look!

    • Alison Jane Reid says:

      Thank you Ashley, the dress is really beautiful. A fashion work of art. As soon as I saw it at the charity fashion show for my local hospice,I had to have it! It’s wonderful to know the money goes to support people who needs the best end of life care. It makes wearing the dress even more special. AJ

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