The Story Behind ‘Downton Abbey’ Bride’s Incredibly Rare Art Deco Veil

When the Desdemona arrived at Bourvis HQ in Portobello Arcade, a magical intimate boutique filled with textiles to the rafters, Jane sent all 12 feet of it to India, where her trusted embroiderer went to work to reproduce the fragile part for several months. the Downtown costumers came calling in 2020 and fell just as hard as Jane.

“Anna Robbins [the Emmy-nominated Downton wardrobe lead] was adamant about the colors and the type of lace they wanted for the veil,” remembers Bourvis of the gentle, meticulous researcher, who never settles for anything less than absolutely authentic. “The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is enormous; almost everything is made from scratch,” says Jane, who always makes replicas of the originals she gets to preserve the little bits of history. Either way, the original Desdemona would have been too fragile to withstand the filming process, and the faint specks – markers of a life lived – not polished enough for the big screen.

Lucy Smith marries Tom Branson in the new period drama Julian Fellowes.

Focus characteristics

While Bourvis, who also made costumes for tulle lover Carrie Bradshaw in sex and the city, gives up her eye to make beautiful lace for brides looking for something unique, it’s getting harder and harder to find antiques. Museums snap up original lace confections for their private collections, and many pieces languish simply because of poor packaging. It was, says Bourvis, simply extraordinary to find an unusual veil worthy of 20s bride Lucy Smith in the present day.

Every aspect of the veil is handcrafted.

Zoom on the ivory and silver flowers developed by a master embroiderer in India.

Another veil and boxes of trimmings and beads were sent to the team Downtown to accentuate the fashion that we will see playing out on the big screen. But Lucy’s floral veil, enhanced by the kind of big cascading bouquet in vogue at the time, is the main dishbecause of the stories it symbolizes from the past and those who work hard to keep them alive.

Discover other great stories from vogue

Comments are closed.