As Lady Mary, Dockery has worn a blouse first seen on screen in 1992, when Emma Thompson wore it in Howards End, before Catherine Zeta Jones wore it in 2007s Death Defying Acts. That film also yielded another of Dockerys costumes, a red evening gown.
Dockery also wears a green gown first seen in Finding Neverland in 2004, and a black jet chocker Monica Belluci wore in a film.
Tim Angel, the chairman of Angels Costumiers, estimated that around two-thirds of the costumes seen in Downton have been used in the past.
Theres nothing wrong with that, he told the paper. You cant supply originals to everyone because it would make an already expensive programme simply unaffordable.
The shows second series just premiered in the US, cuing an outburst of mass anglophilia. Even the most devastating wounds are bound up and set aside in time to dress for dinner, said the New York Times. And why not, with dresses like these from which to choose?