Because all good things do have to come to an end, the news broke yesterday that Downton Abbey would wrap things up after the upcoming sixth season. I boo-hooed along with everyone else, but after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion this might be the best thing, stylistically, that could happen to its leading ladies.
We’ve collectively been amazed at how crazy different Ladies Mary and Edith look in real life (and don’t even get me started on Anna, played by a California-tanned, blond bombshell Joanne Froggatt). Looking at photos of the actresses in real time almost feels like stepping through an alternate universe.
“People get very weirded out seeing the Downton cast out of their costumes,” Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, told The Window. “Even more so when they’re in leather jackets, but I live in mine.”
Downton‘s massive success has meant a firm connection between the fictional women and the ladies playing them, and I’d imagine that the cast has heard a ton of comments about how different they look out of period costume; when the show wraps, they’ll start other projects that likely will let audiences see them through a 21st-century lens. Once that happens, the girls will be free to wear whatever of-the-moment trends they want without risking confused double takes.