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Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess
"This outfit was made for Maggie Smith as Violet. The fabric was created by reproducing an Edwardian print onto silk. The design was based on a jacket from the era. We used original lace for the edging and cuff detail. The blouse had a lace bow and high neck added. The hat has vintage cotton baubles covered with a fine net dyed to match the suit."
-- costume designer Susannah Buxton