Class and Status in 'Downtown Abbey'
The mise en scene is an important feature of this still from the TV show 'Downtown Abbey'.
The costume that the women are wearing indicate class. They are wearing fancy clothes to show that they are upper class and have the money to afford luxurious clothing.
The wallpaper and interior of the room are also fancy looking, this shows that everything they own is of a high quality.
They are standing in some kind of order, based on their role in the house. This is a metaphor for their structure of life. From when upper class are born, stereo typically they have their life planned out for them. Inheriting a lot of money from their past ancestors etc. This is proven in the way they are placed in the image.