Among the newest releases in television, Netflix's Bridgerton boasts an immense array of costume pieces. Costume designer, Ellen Mijornick sat down with Harper's BAZAAR to talk of her work on the show.
“Basically, all together, inclusive of our principal wardrobe, there were costume pieces equaling 7,500,” Mijornick told BAZAAR about the many varieties that adorned the cast. "That number refers to individual items rather than full outfits, such as multiple overlays that make up one dress, or a piece of outerwear. “It's kind of like cooking,” she explains. “You need to have the ingredients to be able to make the costume that's necessary.”
The tiaras themselves were from the UK as well as Italy, hailing from the Swarovski archive. “I've been doing this a long time and I never [saw something] like this,” Mijornick said. “I guess it goes back to the days of Ben Hur and Cleopatra and those biblical epics, but now we're in Regency England and the numbers are just as large.”
The designer's intent was to bring the victorian era up to date “with a bit of a modern sensibility, make it aspirational, intriguing, and with somewhat of a layer that would actually be very imaginative.” If you open up a Harper's BAZAAR magazine of December 150 years ago, or a hundred years ago, it would be dull, it would be faded, the pages could be yellowed, and it could be kind of tattered, right?” she continued. “But when you open up Harper's BAZAAR today, it's crisp, it's clear, it’s hued, it's either intense or pale or however the photographer feels about the subject that is being photographed. It's rich and it's of the moment and it's clean, right? It's the same thing of doing a Regency-infused show now, as opposed to replicating the exactness of the period.”
According to Mijornick, “the overall concept for the Bridgerton world allowed for an unconventional approach to just about everything. Our first conversations regarding character design always included hair and makeup. After studying our look books and discussing design direction, everyone interpreted historical references into our ‘new norm’ for the show. The hair and makeup designers were on exactly the same page and followed suit.”
Information originally sourced from Harper's BAZAAR.