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How to Dress a Million Dollar American Princess

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Imagine being in charge of finding original period-appropriate outfits for up to 70 television characters spanning 50 years of British and American history. Graham Hunter, costume designer for Million Dollar American Princesses, shows us how it's done.

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    • Monday
    • 9:00pm
    Jun 03
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    • Tuesday
    • 12:00am
    Jun 04
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    • Wednesday
    • 9:00am
    Jun 05
    Cash for Class

More About This series

Join Elizabeth McGovern as she takes an in-depth look at the young American heiresses whose real life stories inspired the acclaimed TV drama "Downton Abbey." This series takes you from the late 1800s, when daughters of America's new industrial millionaires marry into the money-strapped British aristocracy, to the 20th century, when a new kind of American Princess wields power not through wealth, but through character, style, and wit. Through the decades, these women bring dramatic change to the European aristocracy and eventually the world.

Bios

  • Consuelo Yznaga
  • Kathleen
  • Peggy Guggenheim
  • Sara Murphy
  • Wallis Simpson
  • Elizabeth McGovern, Actor and Presenter
  • Frances Work
  • Jennie Jerome
  • Consuelo Vanderbilt
  • Winnaretta Singer
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Grace Kelly
  • Clara Ward
  • Mary Leiter
  • Consuelo Yznaga

    Consuelo Yznaga

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    Consuelo Yznaga was born in 1853, the daughter of a southern plantation owner from Louisiana. Her father was from a well-established, wealthy Cuban family that owned sugar mills and other properties.

    In Saratoga Springs, New York, she encountered the Viscount Mandeville, better known as Kim, the 7th Duke of Manchester. Despite a notorious reputation and an unconcealed interest in the family's wealth, Consuelo's parents accepted their courtship. On May 22, 1876, they were married.

    Consuelo would give birth to three children (a boy, and twin daughters) but theirs was a turbulent union, tinged with great tragedy. Despite her devotion to her husband, Kim showed little interest in his family, and eventually abandoned them altogether.

    In 1889, after squandering his wealth, he filed for bankruptcy and would die just three years later. Consuelo herself passed away in 1909.

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