Bridgerton season 1 was Netflix most viewed show in 2021 – reaching over 82 MILLION accounts.
I was VERY skeptical of this show when I first heard about it earlier last year. It was one of those eye-roll-yet-another-corny chic flick shows, that was (undoubtedly) going to insult my historical heart’s pride.
As a huge fan of regency and (of course) Jane Austen, I remember flat out telling a friend that I was not going to see it.
However the friend wore me down, and I watched it.
That was 3 viewings of the season…ago.
It just worked.
Everything in that show simply worked. They captivated a whole audience of historical fans and breathed fresh life into a whole genre.
The duke and his spoon certainly had a little to do with it. hahaha
After the first episode I wanted to sweep down a marble staircase – wearing a gown of pastel lace and brocade – to rush out into a carriage awaiting me outside. From there I’d be taken to a ball where I would meet a handsome duke to wed…for my family…such a sacrifice. (hahaha)
(Even as I type, my voice is reading my words like the Lady Whistledown)
It is no wonder that the show was such a success – the ingredients, while not unfamiliar, were given a fresh coat of modern paint.
The incredible costumes were designed by the very talented Ellen Mirojnick.
She’s designed such notable projects as Behind the Candelabra, The Greatest Showman and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Her and her costume team had to create – get this – 7,500 costume pieces.
Yes, you read that correctly – seven thousand, five hundred costume pieces.
Did I mention they had to create all of that in 5 months?
Pieces were fabricated all over the world and flown to Mirojnick’s “costume house,” where she and her team added further layers of detail and got each costume ready for camera.
The team worked mainly from a two-story warehouse that headquartered about 100 cutters, hands, embellishers, embroiderers, tailors, sewers, dyers, milliners and jewelry makers, all of whom worked together to create the confectionary costume look of Bridgerton.
It is so important to give credit where it is due – especially in Hollywood. No single person could pull this off.
Leading lady Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor) had a 104 costume changes. Yeah, I was wondering if any of the costume team slept too.
I could not get over the exquisite costumes of the Queen. The rich brocades, silks, and taffetas used left me speechless.
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In closing –
Bridgerton is an incredible coming of age, exploration of the sexes, romantic, sexy, delicious, vivid, sweeping, sumptuous, show.
I hope they continue to stick to the formula as the seasons progress.
Bridgerton Season 2 aires on Netflix Friday. Get that tea ready.
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