Linda’s wardrobe color scheme is revealing
As she leaves Alconleigh, Linda trades pastels for brighter colors, before switching to neutral colors while helping refugees during the Spanish Civil War. Once she settles in Paris and begins visiting Galeries Lafayette, however, she begins to favor jet black pieces. (Notably, many of the dresses worn by James at this point in the series are from real 1930s Parisian houses, largely sourced from eBay during the lockdown.) Her approach to beauty is also very different, with updos. and a red lip serving. like its pillars.
Seemingly modern styling is actually true to the 1930s
In addition to Cecil Beaton, Kidao turned to the company portraits of Alexandre Bassano and Studio Lafayette while researching James’ costumes. “I came back to the images of girls born in 1910, the same year as Linda. One girl in particular kept coming back over and over again. The way she styled her clothes was so unusual. She often had a giant flower on her wrist, for example. Linda’s equivalent is a canary-yellow floral scarf, which Kidao used to tie together the many different versions of the Mitford protagonist. At various stages, she can be seen tied around her wrist, tied in her hair and forming a pussy knot on her blouse. “Linda always plays some sort of role throughout the show,” Kidao explains, “but her true personality always comes through no matter where she is or what she’s doing.”