Downton Abbey Actors Star on Love Magazine Issue 8 Covers

Love Taps Ladies of Downton For Latest Covers

Downton Abbey Actors Star on Love Magazine Issue 8 Covers

The covers of Love's eighth issue will feature actors from the British drama Downton Abbey — and editor Katie Grand says Marc Jacobs is to thank for their inclusion in the issue.

"I really wasn't interested in Downton Abbey at all," Grand said in an interview. "But around September last year Marc Jacobs kept saying I'd love it and that I had to watch it. So I tried watching the Christmas special and couldn't get into it. But then I was ill in January and started at the beginning and became addicted. I've now watched it three times over!"

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot the covers, for which Grand styled Jessica Brown Findlay (who plays Lady Sybil Crawley), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) in ornate wigs and dramatic, pale makeup. Inside the magazine, the actresses wear clothing from Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Another image featuring actor Rob James-Collier (Thomas, the footman) has also been released.

Love issue eight, themed "A Costume Drama," will be available on the newsstand on July 30. A look at the covers here in the gallery.