Joanne Froggatt talks Downton style and celebrating women in film

With Downton Abbey returning to our screens last Sunday, there’s been much discussion around the sixth and final series. To celebrate its release, we chat with one of the shows stars Joanne Froggatt (best known as Anna) about the decades that empowered women in the film industry.

In a photoshoot commissioned by American Express ahead of the BFI Film Festival in October, the 35-year-old Golden Globe-winning British actress pays homage to the twenties and sixties, as the two decades that saw leading ladies take the spotlight on the big screen.

Froggatt interprets two key looks styled by William Banks-Blaney, founder of WilliamVintage. “It was quite fun to be in the traditional, original vintage clothing and it also felt more of a character…trying to capture that feeling of the 1920s and 1960s, and what was happening at the time, what was happening to women,” she told The Independent.

For the twenties look she wears “a very traditional original black beaded drop waist dress”, which she claims “is a hard shape to wear, you had to have a certain height to be able to pull it off. I think because I’m petite drop waist dont always do me justice, so I prefer the sixties look.”

The sixties look features an original bright canary yellow A-line coat it has high neck, quite big buttons and big pockets. “That’s most like my character in terms of what I would wear,” she said while explaining why she felt more connected to that era. “Probably because it’s closer to where we are now. I like that sort of fun vibe.”

However, Froggatt believes the twenties was the stronger decade for female roles. “It’s sort of a time when women film stars started making a career that was well respected in acting, they made it a world-respected profession,” she said. “Then moving into the sixties it was a new era of female protagonist roles. So I think both those eras play huge part on where we are now.

“We’re in a great place really. Now women are leading movies, and not just leading but realising that there’s such a huge audience for films with female protagonists. And that doesn’t mean that I dislike a film with a male protagonist, but there’s a place for both things.”

In these images, Froggatt looks worlds apart from her Downton Abbey character Anna, whose trademark dowdiness will not change in Season 6. “I’m afraid Anna is still in the black dress; her evening dress and day dress, she said.

“Anna doesn’t have the most adventurous wardrobe.”

But although wearing stunning period gowns can be exciting, the award-winning actress explained how it eased up her costume and fitting. “For a long job, sort of six months, it was definitely a happy costume.

“They were not original,” she added. “They’re based in the original design, but they were made new and they made the material more substantial, so if I wanted to have a little power nap at lunch time, I could do it without worrying about ruining lace on the dress.”

But with the final series of the Sunday night period drama coming to a close, Froggatt moves away from Anna in her next role, radically changing her wardrobe in ITV’s brand new series Dark Angel, in which she plays a real life British serial killer from the Victorian era called Mary Ann Cotton.

“In this I have a lot of costume changes. I feel like every season is quite another change. This is fun as well, but this is only sort of an eight-week job.”

Giving a sneak peek of what were about to see of her, she said: “I quite like the Victorian series really, I think it’s very flattering to all shapes and sizes really

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Elegant Celtic Jewellery that speaks volumes

Celtic jewellery is extremely popular with ladies of all ages as well as men. It’s the type of jewellery that stands out from the crowd, is very reasonably priced and stunning to look at. One of the many pieces that is typically Irish is the beautiful Claddagh ring. With two hands holding a heart and a crown on the top, this ring is well known for showing love between two people who maybe oceans apart. It’s believed to have been designed by Richard Joyce, an Irish man in the early 16th century and is as popular today as it was then.

The widely recognised Claddagh ring is both a symbol of friendship and love given as a gift from a man to a woman. Online jewellery stores also sell Claddagh pendants and earrings which go perfectly with the famous ring of the same name. Available in both gold and silver, this type of jewellery depicts Irish heritage and love for Irish traditions.

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Along with the world-famous Claddagh rings, there are amazing earrings and pendants to match. Choose from:-

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There are even children’s Claddagh and pearl stud earrings to buy online too.

Surprise your friends and relatives this Christmas

Why not surprise your family and friends this Christmas by buying them something Irish. There are many different gifts for everyone, no matter what their age. Give your loved one a magnificent Claddagh ring, your mum a pair of Claddagh earrings, your father a warm Irish sweater and your little sister her first pair of pearl Claddagh earrings. Don’t forget to treat yourself too!

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It’s a cast iron certainty that Celtic jewellery is not only unique but highly sought after too. The unusual and popular Claddagh ring is totally Irish while being truly authentic to Ireland. There are lots of lovely Celtic rings to choose from including unisex silver and gold Claddagh rings in a variety of sizes for instance. Why not order beautiful Irish wedding rings with fantastic Irish designs that can be personalised with the bride and groom’s names on? Now there’s something romantic to wear on this very special day, what more could you ask for?

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The One Stop Professional Dress Service

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Preserving dresses can really be a difficult job. This one task is extremely hard and at the same time extremely necessary. One can find the best kind of dress preservation with the help of this particular site. They take care of the dresses and also manages to educate one with the knowledge of handling it properly. One can find the best preservation service on this site and also make sure that they never lose their special memories in form of the dress.

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Nowadays people hardly go for this service as finding a good one is almost impossible. Yet people prefers this site when it comes to altering the dresses. They alter the dresses with such ease that it may look new forever. They can even provide with the very perfect fit for the body. One may find the dress alteration to be the best possible service by their team.

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Each and every company must have some or the other features that attracts the customers in the very best way. This particular site or the company actually comes with the best set of skilled workmen. The workmen actually can be called the most skilled due to the commendable work they perform. The 100 money back guarantee in another feature which works wonder for the company. The various services along with the pickup and drop facilities are other features that make the company the most favourable one.…

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Fashionable anti pollution masks make their debut in the UK

Keys? Check. Mobile phone? Check. High-fashion, anti-pollution facewear? Strapped on and ready for the morning commute.

On the grubby streets of east London the air is thick with pollution but my designer mask – billed as the world’s first luxury anti-pollution facewear – means I can breathe easy. It is filtering out dirt, dust and harmful particles and, according to its designer, giving me an on-trend fashion edge.

Commuters in smog-filled Asian cities such as Beijing have worn surgical-style face masks for years. With air pollution an increasing concern in Britain’s big cities, it is a sad possibility that urbanites will one day don protective masks as readily as a hat or scarf.

Described as a “bold blend of science and style”, the £160 Freka mask is ergonomically designed to fit the wearer’s face and uses an infusion of Japanese Hiroki wood to calm the senses while a filter blocks out harmful pollutants.

Freka spokeswoman Bhoomika Partap says there is no reason safety gear cannot look good. “Brits generally prefer not to wear something on their face because it’s not very comfortable or fashionable,” she says. “We wanted to create something of the highest ergonomic quality that made a statement.”

Described as a “bold blend of science and style”, the £160 Freka mask is ergonomically designed to fit the wearer’s face (Teri Pengilley)

It certainly achieves the latter. On the street, passers-by stare or swerve to avoid me. Maybe they think I’m ill or hiding something unsightly. Or about to hold up a bank.

On the tube, a woman laughs and takes my photo. But I’m the one who should be laughing; I’m protected from the PM 2.5 particles that fill London’s air – less than a hair’s width but linked to around 29,000 deaths a year in the UK.

“In Asia air pollution is a lot more visible, so in the UK it’s a little more difficult to get people to notice there’s anything wrong with our air quality,” says Frank Borsboom, a Dutch engineer who helped design the mask.

Dr Benjamin Barratt from the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London said there is “some evidence that a mask can reduce the levels of stress to the heart and lungs caused by breathing elevated levels of air pollution”.

He added: “To be effective, a mask must be very well fitting otherwise the gases and tiny particles that make up air pollution will just flow around the mask when you breathe in.” Above all, Dr Barratt said, efforts to improve air quality should take precedence over “sticking plaster solutions” such as masks.

To be honest, wearing a piece of silicon on my face is not enjoyable. My breathing is shallow and my peripheral vision is impaired; walking up steps is a nightmare. But is it fashionable? Well, the designers may have been aiming for a catwalk look but a colleague suggested I resembled a giant pigeon.

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Dresses For Mother Of The Bride At Fashionable Collections

In wedding functions dresses are given more importance. Not only the bride and broom are giving importance to their dress but also the other relation use to give more importance to their dress. Start from the kids to the older grandpa and grandma will be dressed in an attractive manner. In these way dresses are given importance for each and every person in a wedding function. While selecting dress for the mother of bride, most of them have confusions in finding the right shop and also the right collections of dress. Here in this article you could able to see the information about dresses for mother of the bride.

Select The Dress That Suits Mother Of The Bride

In online shopping you could able to get the right choice of collection that in a traditional shopping. If you are gifting the dress, then online would be the right choice for variety of dress collection. Here in online you could able to find out various styles of dress at lowest range of price. Flattering styles are available in online shopping, therefore this styles of collections you could able to purchase the dresses, as it suits at any sizes and shapes of the mother of the bride. The Mother of the Bride usually prefers a long garment for them, therefore such type of dresses are available in the online shopping. In UK the fashion house you could find out the dresses especially for mother of the bride. Wedding is the special period of each and every one’s life, at that occasion are you interested in providing your mother with an excellent dress then choose the best online store.

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Finding the right dress that suits your mothers outfit and also the dress should fit your mothers shape. And so get the glittering style of dresses that suits your mother. Mother of the Bride dresses is available at huge anthology for wedding and also for any other special occasions. In florentyna dawn you could able to get out the best dressers for mother of the bride. In this sit the collections are in huge and are available at various collections like bride dress and also for mother of the bride you could able to get casual wear dressings or even dresses for any occasional wearing.

This site also offers you with the facility of returning the dress in case of any default. It will also deliver the dress within the stipulated period of time. They are also facilitating in providing elegant accessories that suits your mothers dress. Shoes, jeweler, hats, handbags and other collection of accessories are also made available in this site. This site is well known are ladies collections of dresses and so make your purchase here and try to explore yours outlook and also your mother. For mother of the bride dress this site would provide the best garments with entire collection at lowest price. Therefore shop your desired and favorite dresses from here to have an unforgettable moment of collections in your day.

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