When Downton Abbey’s final episode aired two years ago, it left a big, flapper-shaped hole in our hearts. For six years, the show provided us with a feast of period fashions, and while new series like The Crown and Versailles have helped quench our thirst for watching vintage styles in action, things haven’t quite been the same. Thankfully, that’s about to change, because Downton Abbey is heading for the big screen. Casting is still unconfirmed, but filming is set to start in September.
Millions of fans have waited for this announcement since the show ended in 2015, but it doesn’t come as a surprise, as series creator Julian Fellowes hinted at the possibility of a movie during an interview with the Daily Mail.
Set between 1912 and 1925, the British series captivated audiences worldwide with the drama inside the Crawley family as it attempts to adjust to the times. The show was also a fashion phenomenon rooted in the early 20th century shift from Victorian fashion—think corsets and shoulder necklines—to the flapper era of the 1920s. Some notable looks we still can’t get over include Lady Mary Crawley’s 45-carat floral diamond tiara and long-sleeved, pearl-encrusted wedding gown; the Cleopatra-inspired look from the fashion show in Season 5, or Maggie Smith’s exuberant hats, which helped her serve serious, IDGAF English grandma vibes.
The wardrobe was styled by Anna Robbins, Caroline McCall, and Susannah Buxton, the latter of whom was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the series. While most of the costumes were made from scratch, the rest were delicate vintage pieces sourced by the design team.
Movies and fashion have a long history of merging, as evidenced by films such as The Great Gatsby (costumes were Prada) and Black Swan (costumes by Rodarte). It’s safe to speculate that Downton Abbey could have a sartorial collaboration in the mix, and maybe influence runways as has happened with previous pop culture phenomena, like Mad Men.
It’s still unconfirmed who will design the movie’s costumes, but we do hope the sartorial success of the show makes its way onto the big screen.
If you haven’t caught up to the Crawley’s drama, you’ll have plenty of time, as there’s no set release date for the film—yet. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for 2018.