Downton Abbey was first broadcast in 2010 and since that time it has seen a great deal of success not just in the UK, but also in the United States. Last season the finale episode saw over 5 million people in the United States tune in and, in addition to the 10 million people tuned in the UK.
In the UK the television series airs on the ITV network and it tells the story of the Crawley family, who are aristocrats. It is also something that is rumoured to be very popular in the fashion world and many of the team at Prada are said to be a fan. Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs have also said that they are interested in the television show.
In the fashion magazine, Love, has seen three of the start of the television show appear on the front cover recently. Katie Grand, the editor of the magazine and influential stylist, has stated, “I actually didn’t watch the television series until earlier in the year when I was quite ill and I took the opportunity to watch all of the shows episodes at once. I became fascinated by it and since that time have wanted to see the stars of the show on the front of this magazine.”
It is strange to see how much the high-end fashion world is being inspired by a period drama that appears late on a Sunday night, but there is no doubt that Downton Abbey is becoming seriously influential of popular culture.
The costumes on the show are designed by Susanna Buxton and they have been so well received that she recently won an Emmy award for her work. The fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar is, Kay Barron who recently stated, “The costumes in this television show just remarkable. Everything from the servant’s uniforms, to the masters clothes are just perfect.”