|The chauffeurm Branson (Allan Leech) admires Sybil's new frock|
|Jessica Brown-Findlay as Lady Sybil|
During the Twitter party as the group watched Episode Three of Downton Abbey, Evangeline from Edwardian Promenade noted that the harem pants worn by Lady Sybil were made by Paul Poiret.
Who was he, I wondered? Reader, Patty, from Brandy Parfums, answered my question and alerted me to this wiki:
The harem pants in Downton Abbey in Episode Three were a copy of Paul Poiret.
As Wiki says -
"In 1909, he was so famous that H. H. Asquith invited him to show his designs at 10 Downing Street. The cheapest garment at the exhibition was 30 guineas, double the annual salary of a scullery maid"
Poiret worked for Worth who made more conservative dresses so he left to be more "Oriental" among other trends. Not in most write ups about him is he revolutionized women's undergarments. He got rid of corsets that are so bitterly complained about in Downton Abbey. That was also part of his shocking style.
Lady Sybil has fun with fashion
Peggy Guggenheim championed him and that led to many customers who then shunned Worth. It was fine to be a tall elegant THIN women for Poiret but it didn't work if you were heavy - then the Worth style was better. So the reason today we go for thin in fashion may be traced back to Poiret and Guggenheim."
|The harem pants shocked the family, but this did not detract from Sybil's joy.|
|The family's reaction to Sybil's pants was priceless. Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, and Dan Stevens.|