The news of Regé-Jean Page’s exit from season two of Netflix’s Bridgerton series was a heartbreaking moment for a lot of us. Page garnered a massive fan following for his impressive performance and looks as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings in this romantic period drama, set during the Regency era in England (1813-1827).
Bridgerton is adapted from author Julia Quinn’s collection of eight novels of the same name. The story is a deep dive into the life of the elite Bridgerton family and their quest to find a suitable match for the young members of the family and the tradition of annual balls.
And where there is a ball, the finest, dazzling couture follows. And after watching the drama’s first season, it’s hard to not fall in love with the many decadent corset gowns and dapper waistcoats seen on the royalties.
Fashion search platform, Lyst, in January reported the online searches for corsets, pearl and feather headbands, long gloves and empire line dresses shot up to +123 per cent.
Vogue reported, Bridgerton’s costume designer Ellen Mirojnick designed and produced a jaw-dropping line-up of 7,500 looks for its eight-episode run.
Ice-cream pastels, bright florals, ruffles, embellished puff sleeves and towering, Marie Antoinette-esque wigs were part of the ensemble.
Daphne Bridgerton, played by British actress Phoebe Dynevor, 25, is dubbed as the ‘diamond of the season’. Her regency-era wardrobe, seen on-screen is a mix of subtle, summery hues laced in body-fitting silhouettes.
The Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page) is often seen in rich, velvety outfits and it won’t be wrong to say that he single-handedly revived the charm of waistcoats and tailcoats in the modern era.
England’s Regency-era as portrayed on-screen also sees lots of paisley prints used in menswear, majorly on silk-brocade vests. Bow ties and top hats are other accessories the royals loved sporting.
Award-winning costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, went all out with Queen Charlotte’s ensembles too. Jewel-toned, billowy gowns, embroidered capes and matching, dramatic wigs were a few essentials in the queen’s wardrobe.
One of the other prominent families in the society, the Featheringtons are largely seen dolled up in vivid, dazzling outfits. Floral appliques and patchwork, flower tiaras, corset, and belted details on the waist are a few favourites of the family.
Daphne’s wedding with the Duke of Hastings and finally becoming the Duchess of Hastings was one of the key highlights of Bridgerton. And the bride’s wedding costume depicted it clearly.
Daphne wore an exquisite, soft white open embroidered gown that spelled regal and romantic. According to reports, Mirojnick sourced the silk fabric in Madrid and used another layer of solid silk fabric underneath to give the dress a leaner shape and volume.