Golden Globes Fug or Fab: Michelle Dockery

Twitter blew up about the shoulders on this dress making it look like Michelle Dockery is constantly shrugging.

And they DO look a tiny bit like she has wee football helmets on her shoulders. But strangely, I don’t dislike them — in fact, for whatever reason, I’m more distracted by the visible corseting, and whether I think it fights the elegance of the dress. Lady Mary has more pressing problems; she doesn’t need a giant argument happening on her groin.

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Comments (32):

  1. Breda

    I love it lots. But that’s partly because I love HER so much. She’s had a history of not looking as gorgeous as she should on the red carpet, so I think this is just grand.

    Also, I’m willing to go along with the visible corset bit because it mimics the V formed by the gold. Still not in love with it, but at least it seems somewhat intentional.


    I wrote in my Golden Globes Red Carpet Recap that this looks like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ode to Lady Mary. I loved it!

  3. qwertygirl

    The shoulders do give the slight impression that she put this on backwards.

  4. Sajorina

    This dress doesn’t work for me! Either do the whole thing in the gold lace or do the whole thing in the white fabric! And those massive shoulder pads only make it worse! Hair, makeup & accessories are GREAT, but I don’t get the shoes (what color is that?)!

    I learned from HGTV (really!) that the real woman they based Lady Mary on was a badass and I love that, but this doesn’t do her or Michelle justice! FUG!

  5. Sara

    I’m torn on this. She is so beautiful and I think the dress is kind of exotic in a beautiful way, too. And I COVET her hair. But the visible corseting is a problem, you’re right. Very indecisive about this one.

  6. malie

    I don’t see anything to like about this dress. It is all-around awful in every way and I don’t see how it could do anyone any favors.

    She has an outstanding face, though.

  7. Kristina

    If you view the full image it looks like there’s underboob visible. Or is that just me? I’m skeptical of the dress now.

  8. Helen

    It’s two different dresses competing with each other, and the viewer is losing.

  9. BrownEyedBetty

    Her protruding hip bones bother me more than the shoulder helmets. With some slight adjustments here and there I think she could have pulled this off.

  10. Rayna

    Cut the shoulders entirely (visible pads – blech!) and make the understructure less obvi, and we have ourselves a winner.

    It IS gorgeous and exotic otherwise, like Lady Mary herself.

    Glam as we wanna be.

  11. Karen

    This was actually one of my favorite dresses of the night. I love the way it fits her (especially since she doesn’t have a stellar red-carpet history), and I love the transition from the gold lace to the simple white column.

  12. jen

    This was my FAVORITE dress of the night! Loved it, love her!

  13. PB

    I think she is shrugging her shoulders. Or at least it sure looks like she is shrugging and I could detect no shoulder pads or other structure when I looked at the full-size version.

    Anyway, I think she is shrugging her shoulders because she made an ill-considered dress choice and she feels a bit embarrassed.

  14. Bottle Ginger

    Kristin Bell also had a neck with a high collar and built-up shoulders, and it also made her look like she had no neck AND was shrugging.

    These designers need to realize that some looks need to be confined to the runway and never put on real women, and this is one of them. That built-up neckline can only be worn by a giraffe-necked, bony-shouldered model, it makes even a slight, swan-necked actress looks like she’s trying out for the Forty-Niners.

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  16. rb

    My favorite of the night, for some reason. Too bad intern George’s former TV flame Juliana Margulies backed her into a cater-waiter and ruined her night!

    • Carol

      Well, Lady Mary is drawing viewers away from Alicia Florrick in the Sunday night timeslot, so perhaps this wine mishap was not AN ACCIDENT methinks.

  17. Jeanette

    Between the shrugging shoulders and the corset, I feel like she’s trapped in a crowded, non air-conditioned elevator, mid-August, and is trying to make her self as small as possible to avoid body contact.

  18. Kris M

    I think she pulls it off. I just kind of think she maybe should have gone with something NOT reminiscent of her TV show. I mean, while the costumes on Downton Abbey are fabulous, I’d like to see her more modern looking.

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  20. fritanga

    I love her so much, but this is just awful. I always admire the way she looks on the series – Edwardian/early 1920s clothes just seem to suit her tall, angular body – but this is all wrong. She looks uncomfortable (although gamely smiling) and it’s as if someone who truly hates her told it it was beautiful and becoming, and unfortunately she believed it. The whole thing makes me sad.

  21. Alyssa

    I thought this was easily–EASILY–the best dress of the night. Surprised so many hated it!

  22. Elizabeth Corey

    I love this, but I just realized that it only works when you see the whole thing–the ‘to the waist’ shot is alarming.

  23. squeakywheel

    I would have LOVED the whole thing in the gold brocade, but she – as always – looks painfully beautiful.

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