It’s come as absolutely no surprise that the new Netflix drama, Bridgerton, has gotten people’s attention. Produced by Shonda Rhimes and based off of Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels, this Gossip Girl-like series is an ode to 19th-century high society. The plot tells us about the life of the Bridgerton family as their eldest daughter, Daphne (Phoebe Dyenevor), makes her debut into London's marriage market. Along with the other debutantes, the girls struggle to overshadow one another in competition to find the most suitable husband.
The show is filled with grand soirees and balls, with every character dressed in lavish clothing and jewels. Considering its current popularity, Bridgerton has definitely left its viewers mesmerized. If you haven’t seen it yet, the costumes alone are enough to catch your eye as the characters look like they’ve jumped right out of the pages of a story book.
For all its grandiosity, did you know that it actually took five months of preparation to create Bridgerton’s costumes? In a recent interview with Vogue, the show’s costume designer Ellen Mirojnick revealed that it took a team of 238 people and over 7500 pieces to complete the show’s wardrobe! The feat is impressive to say the least, considering that the Netflix show is only eight episodes long. According to the interview, they made over 5000 costumes for season one. In fact, the main lead, Phoebe Dynevor, had 104 costumes all to herself!
A photo of Ellen Mirojnick’s mood board for the wardrobe was even posted on Facebook by the novel’s author Julia Quinn, revealing her inspiration which stemmed from runway Haute Couture looks to Regency-era paintings. Mirojnick says that one of her main references was the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition in London, which heavily inspired most of the looks in the show.
She also made the effort to make the costumes feel more modern, favoring scooped necklines over straight ones. They focused on showing a lot of skin for the characters, wanting to make them appear youthful, sexy, and fun to create an atmosphere far different from the typical restrained period drama.
Additionally, bonnets and muslin dresses were even banned from the show. “There were no bonnets, but we do nod to them with our hair accessories. We took that half-moon shape and created these straw [pieces] accented with flowers or feathers that sit on top of the head,” Mirojnick told Vogue. “Another no-no were muslin dresses. There’s a limpness to them that we didn’t want.”
The color palette plays a significant role as well. Notice how the Bridgertons are often dressed in powdery blues, silvers, and greens to symbolize them being the most notable family of the season. In contrast, the Featheringtons are in overly citrus-colored frocks because they desperately want to be seen.
Fun fact: Mirojnick’s favorite character to dress out of all of them was Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). Mirojnick explains, “The real Queen Charlotte was known for never changing her silhouette from when she became queen in the 18th century. So, it was quite elaborate between her gowns, the trims and her hair, which changes all the time. She looks like cotton candy in every conceivable flavor. For me, she embodies what Bridgerton is all about.”
Mirojnick is the same genius responsible for the costumes of Behind the Candelabra, The Greatest Showman, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. She surely didn’t disappoint with her work on Bridgerton, as she helped bring the story to life with the enchanting and intricate silhouettes she created for the show.
You can stream all eight episodes of Bridgerton exclusively on Netflix.