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Making Over Michelle Dockery

I love anyone or anything that has even a remote connection to Downton Abbey. But sometimes I really want to dress Mary Crawley in someone else's clothes.

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1. In January 2012, Michelle Dockery sat front row at the Armani Prive couture show in Paris, affirming her status as a fashion person.

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I know her outfit must be Armani Prive couture, but it looks like any old mediocre pantsuit.

2. And she got a ticket to the Met Gala! Which reeks of fashion industry acceptance.

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But she showed up wearing this oddly dowdy half-metal dress. Why? With Vogue editors to dress her and everything?

3. She enjoyed the backing of Burberry in June.

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As a front-row guest at their menswear show, she got to wear one of their owl tees and be generally fawned over for for it.

9. She went goth-femme for a "Downton" event in December in New York.

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Why does this make me want to shove a tutu into her hands? Perhaps because you can see the severe direction she's starting to take with her clothes.

10. At the BAFTA tea party in L.A., she wore a plain dress that looked like an ink spill.

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It's a nice choice, but where's the fun? The sideboob, even?

12. You get the sense that she likes to experiment.

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She wore this dress, the print of which reminds me of Forever 21 bathing suits, to a SAG pre-party at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. Either she forgot her chunky diamond accessories or Lindsay Lohan stole them.

13. Even this was a fairly unique and feminine choice for the Golden Globes.

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Most actresses are loathe to wear anything that isn't solid-colored taffeta and mermaid-cut, and Michelle Dockery definitely thinks outside the box a little bit, daring to show up disguised as a Roman column.

14. And at the SAG Awards, this is where she ended up.

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In a slim-fitting black dress that is for the most part fine, but not nearly as mind-blowing as her costumes on Downton. She probably wants to create a distinction between Michelle Dockery the person and Mary Crawley the character, which is why she's leaning heavily into dark lipstick and severe black gowns with sideboob-revealing mesh insets.

15. But what I really want to do is dress her in Marion Cotillard's clothes.

Something feminine yet simple, you know?

(This is a photo illustration of Michelle in Marion's SAG dress.)

17. Don't you love her in a cheerful color?

Marion may have been the only person who looked amazing at the Golden Globes. If she ever felt like doing light charity work, she could host a sale of her used clothes for a bunch of other actresses, not just Michelle.

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