Downton Abbey is of course one of the hottest dramas on TV right now, and has achieved global success…
And according to the Daily Star today, the knock-on effect of the show’s popularity has seen a surge in the demand from the “super-rich” for top notch butlers.
But in a far cry from the pay that butlers could have demanded in Mr Carson’s day – old Grantham family retainer Carson is of course played by Jim Carter – those with the skills to suitably grace the dining rooms of the rich and possibly famous can expect to be paid up to £150,000!
The paper states, “Recruitment firms have been swamped with requests for domestic staff,” and adds, “Demand for British home help is highest in Russia, China and the Far East…”
Domestic service agency Bespoke Bureau reportedly placed around 430 British-trained butlers this, and of that, the company’s Director, Sara Vestin Rahamani, said, “We are experiencing a massive increase in wealthy families wanting butlers.
“The super-rich want a piece of the lifestyle they see in movies and on programmes like Downton.”
It was also reported last year that sales of – and demand for – vintage clothing and jewellery had gone through the roof following the popularity of Downton.
While speaking to The Telegraph about series two, one of the show’s team of costume designers, Susannah Buxton, said of the clothing worn by the drama’s characters, “Women realised that they couldn’t stride out in those narrow skirts…
“There’s a shift away from the heavily corseted figure to a slim, more boyish shape, with relaxed high waists, a looser fit and shorter, slightly flared skirts for young girls.
“The only good thing to come out of the First World War was women’s ankles.”
Then in October of this year, the Daily Mail reported, “Figures from Littlewoods show that since the third series started sales of flapper style dresses have increased by 40%, traditional ruffle blouses shot up by 109% and even men are buying in to the trend with tweed and cord blazer sales rising a massive 146%.”
Julie Donnelly, the Head of Womenswear Buying at Littlewoods.com, said, “Women’s clothing has always sold well at Littlewoods.com, when the seasons change…
“But in recent weeks we have seen a large increase in the number of women buying items which are inspired by the 1920s.
“It is great to see that such a popular TV show as Downton Abbey has the ability to alter the way women think about fashion and possibly introduce them to different styles they hadn’t previously tried.
“It just goes to show how timeless fashion can be and we fully expect that this is a trend which will continue to grow and grow throughout the Autumn months as the series continues.”
What about you? Are you now in love with vintage clothes? Or are you one of the “super-rich” who yearns for your own butler?
While you’re thinking on that, here’s the trailer for last year’s Christmas special…