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Jessica Brown Findlay of ‘Downton Abbey’ Plays Muse To Dominic Jones

The British designer and actress celebrate a creepy but elegant Victorian collection

Jessica Brown Findlay photographed for Dominic Jones.

Jessica Brown Findlay photographed for Dominic Jones.

Photograph by Alex Sainsbury

As Great Britain’s Downton Abbey television juggernaut thunders onto American and international radars, the cross-marketing opportunities continue to grow more lucrative. Recently, PBS (where the popular period drama resides for U.S. audiences) launched an Abbey-themed jewelry line, which it then was forced to recall for legal reasons. The Fall 2012 Fashion Weeks have annointed the female cast burgeoning muses: actresses Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael (Ladies Mary and Edith Grantham) were front row at Mulberry; Ralph Lauren and L’Wren Scott showed a strong Edwardian influence in their shows. Now the drama’s main attraction, Lady Sybil – played by English actress Jessica Brown Findlay – stars in a haunting campaign for British jewelry designer Dominic Jones.

“She’s a real English rose,” Jones said to the Telegraph, upon the campaign’s well-publicized launch. “The collection is quite aristocratic and she was a perfect fit. She has a real natural beauty and is really engaging.”

Cast in a ghoulish glamour, Findlay evokes a lovely, well-accessorized Victorian ghost. Her skin is whitened to an eerie, pearly pallor, her lips blanked out, her eyes look bruised – but the theatricality works well. It’s a stately collection of jewelry and demands drama from its wearer.

“They almost look like museum pieces,” Jones says of his latest designs, “but with a modern aesthetic.” The same could be said in praise of the ever-increasing appeal and influence of Downton Abbey itself.

Jessica Brown Findlay

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