Missing Downton Abbey already? Who can blame us! (Thankfully the third season is out on Blu-Ray and DVD now, so we can watch it again and again to our heart's content....)

This last series saw one (and a half) weddings - inspiring our bridal brains to no end. But really, we're still reeling about that dress. And who better to tell us a little more than costume designer Caroline McCall?


We asked Caroline what it was like designing Lady Mary's highly anticipated gown: "I had the opportunity to design both Lady Mary and Lady Edith's wedding dresses. No one saw the dresses before the wedding days except for the producers, my team and the actors - so it felt like a proper wedding."

Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) were said to both be extremely excited during filming, while Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) must have experienced a bit of what Kate Middleton did before her big day: security operatives had to hunt out the paparazzi in the bushes as they attempted to snap Mary Crawley's wedding day look.

"Both days were incredibly hard work," explained Caroline. "We had a lot of supporting artists to dress as well as the family but thankfully it all worked out."


"Lady Mary's wedding dress was the most expensive costume we've made. It cost around £4,000 to make," she tells us. "It's a silver lace tabard fabric that goes into a train at the back, and underneath is a silk dress with silk sleeves. The detail at the back wasn't really seen on camera but the lace goes into a 'V' at the back with tiny buttons and it's completely edged with tiny rice pearls and Swarovski crystal."

And what about the second wedding dress? (Poor Edith) "Edith has always been a little bit awkward, but I wanted us to see her on her wedding day as absolutely stunning so that's the way I went with her dress," recalls the costume designer.

Which opens up a whole new question: which dress did you like more? We couldn't possibly choose...


Downton Abbey: Series Three is available now on Blu-Ray and DVD, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).