Sitemap Privacy Notice The men are dandies and that’s always fun to do because of the color combinations, the fabric combinations and the textures are very bold — they’re roguish and handsome at the same time. And it was because of that shorthand from Still Star-Crossed we were all on the same page. 9,008, This story has been shared 8,523 times. ELLEN MIROJNICK: One hundred percent. Bridgerton’s costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, who worked on Shonda Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder, is profiled in Town and Country. So, we decided on that Regency silhouette, which would be constant in both the male and female characters, and from there we used every single fabric we could find and every color, nothing was excluded at all. VV: You were able to get Mr. Pearl, the famous corset couturier. And you could see the flow of the styles. For the women, it’s an empire line, it’s very slim and it accentuates the cleavage. And they had a choice to walk away at that point. That was the emphasis of the woman’s body at the time, your eye went directly to the top of her décolletage. "Bridgerton" costume designer Ellen Mirojnick speaks to L'OFFICIEL about bringing a modern twist to Regency fashion for Netflix's new period drama. Ahead of its Christmas Day release, Emmy Award-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick talks us through the series’ showstopping outfits But every single person in every single department was one of the best at what they do. 'Bridgerton,' 'Schitt's Creek' and are among the sows and films that were announced as nominees for the 2021 Costume Design Guild Awards. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. “Although he is so much of a rogue and so handsome … how he evolves is that he becomes a bit more sophisticated,” said Mirojnick. In our case, Mr. Pearl made the corset so that it rests on top of the ribs and has a half-cup that supports and lifts the bust so that you have a blossoming of the bosom. Bridgerton Features 7,500 Glorious Costume Pieces Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick opens up about the grand endeavor of bringing the Netflix series to life. She has written for The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and Variety, among others, and contributes to regularly. EM: When I was told that Mr. Pearl works on teams and that we could get him, I almost fainted. John and I really don’t like getting that call halfway through saying we need to pull back, and that never came. Terms of Use Valentina Valentini is a London-based freelance journalist. To source the show’s many eye-catching baubles, Mirojnick collaborated with jewelry designer Lorenzo Mancianti, who was “constantly on a hunt” to create and find pieces that were “as real as [they] could be” from cities including Spain, London and Rome. EM: We did take certain shapes off of a bonnet to create other kinds of hairpieces or adornments in order to complete a look. 250,052, This story has been shared 64,587 times. “There’s nobody in the world like [Mr. Pearl], no one.”. “With the success, which is thrilling, we just don’t want it to look tired in two years,” Mirojnick explained, adding that she hopes audiences in 10 years will “dig it” the same way. He is the foremost corset maker in the world today, and he made all our principal cast’s corsets. VV: Figuratively and literally speaking, you colored outside the lines. While Netflix has yet to officially confirm a second season of “Bridgerton,” it’s safe to say viewers are hungry for more. The enormity of the production lay partly in the fact that they essentially had to clothe the whole of London in 1813. Netflix’s new costume drama Bridgerton is a candy-coloured period piece with a difference — an irresistible romp populated by debutantes and dandies that throws off the shackles of the genre, combining diverse casting and queer romances with sex scenes that’d make Jane Austen blush.. JG: That look comes from Napoleon’s obsession with Greek and Roman aesthetics. Calling all 'Bridgerton' fans! And during that time surrounding the Napoleonic Wars, there was a shortage of luxurious fabrics, mostly silk, so designers used muslin and cotton. VV: What were the first steps to recreating that look to become what we see in Bridgerton? It was beautiful, and the rounder and the smoother they were, the better they looked. “He created the shape of the corset that just hugged underneath the bosom … shaping the cups of the corsets and the shoulders so that the bosom was without a question accented in the most beautiful way,” Mirojnick gushed. Combining modern embellishments with classic Regency-era silhouettes, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick has brought Bridgerton’s sp Earning their spot in Netflix’s Top 10 list, Bridgerton has given audiences a steamy English Regency fantasy. Early on, we made a look book that combined images of historical references, high fashion and Shondaland — it was a way to keep everybody in the entire crew and cast on the same page and to give a feeling of the look without defining each character. With the Bridgertons, who are sublime, clean, classic and beautiful, it was all about the blue. How does his shirt come off? And by virtue of that, there’s a softness to it. Mr. Pearl did that perfectly for all the girls. Since the show’s release, the Duke has skyrocketed to sex symbol status; a spoon he licked on the show even spawned its own Instagram account. ", Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). We were heavily influenced by a painter we just love, a young Irish painter, Genieve Figgis, whom I’d come across in Vogue. The costume designer estimated that the principal characters alone required roughly a thousand pieces. VV: What else did you do with fabrics and color and design to modernize the look? That in itself is just words, but then when you put images to those colors it is so exhilarating. Daphne Bridgerton and her mother, Violet Bridgerton, attend to needlepoint in their drawing room. Does she rip it off, or does it come off? Liam Daniel/Netflix Throughout the series, there is "synergy between the sets and the costumes," production designer Will Hughes-Jones told journalist Valentina Valentini Q&A … VV: What is the signature style of Regency London? But we just kind of forgot about that. I also looked at what resembles the period best in a modern sense. This latest period-drama sensation is a frothy fantasy full of embellished ball gowns, extravagant jewellery and feathered headdresses. JG: The look book had it all — we’d show the historical picture, the history of the fashion, then something from mid- 20th century and then something from, say the 1990s. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights “We had to build everything from soup to nuts, from shoes to millinery, inside and out,” she explained, adding that she couldn’t possibly choose a favorite from the “visual feast” of the series’ 6,000 complete costumes. JG: Bonnets bring everything down. 8,523, © 2021 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved There’s something psychological about the bonnet that would never have worked in this show. The show's central character, Daphne Bridgerton, had over one hundred costume changes, so it's easy to see how quickly those costume pieces add up. From bodice-ripping sex scenes to orchestral Ariana Grande songs, Netflix’s “Bridgerton” is definitely not your mother’s period piece. The actor has been charming viewers on the new Netflix... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It’s not just one piece that’s an illustration of what it means to create a Shondaland aesthetic, it’s sticking to the Ss: sexy, sumptuous, scandalous, sublime, skin. The show’s lead costume designer, Ellen … “I was given the pilot script which ended up being our basis for the logistics, and the creative decisions happened more organically as we began to create the costumes,” says Mirojnick, whose two-story warehouse 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. Get Shondaland directly in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TODAY, How 'Bridgerton' Pushed 'Period' to the Max, You’re Invited: Behind the Scenes of ‘Bridgerton’, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Take a look at the costumes from the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, and you might find yourself transported back to your childhood. From the “audaciousness of the Featheringtons” to the Queen’s ever-changing silhouettes, the stars of the show all “flipped out and loved” their looks. EM: It came about through the initial look book, the research and what we were drawn to. “When we make [costume] choices, we hope everyone kind of understands that we are visual storytellers,” the costume expert revealed, noting that heroine Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) color palette changes throughout the show to reflect her fading innocence. We've received your submission. The ‘Bridgerton’ Costume Designers Colored Outside the Lines to Create a Unique Regency Look Ellen Mirojnick and John Glaser took Regency silhouettes, colors, and designs for both the women and men of 'Bridgerton' — and completely turned it all on its head. VV: What was the creative thinking behind not using any bonnets? Then you have an image in your head of what it feels like. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. “It’s really more about the timelessness … it’s kind of like having the correct recipe for the best stew possible and want[ing] people to have a second helping.”. “It’s a careful choreography that needs to be paid attention to. We draped, we had overlays, embellishments, and that experimentation led to our finished product, which was always meant to create an illusion romance, of fluidity. Don’t you think John? VV: What was the approach for the color palette for the two families? Every item on this page was chosen by a Shondaland editor. Maia Soltis, a junior in CFA studying costume design, said despite “Bridgerton”’s wardrobe straying from historical accuracy, she did not think it distracted from the performance but rather drew attention to the story. This story has been shared 250,052 times. Ellen Mirojnick and John Glaser took Regency silhouettes, colors, and designs for both the women and men of 'Bridgerton' — and completely turned it all on its head. It was a gift from the gods. We were able to hire the best artisans in London, and it is exciting to work in those circumstances. We don’t really mix in the later decades of the 1800s, we stay below 1820 and keep within that feel of what Regency really is. Ahead of its Christmas Day release, Emmy Award-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick talks us through the series’ showstopping outfits. But nobody was wearing a bonnet on a Shondaland show. Mirojnick shared her look book with the actors prior to filming, calling the process a “great collaboration.” Adjoa Andoh, for instance, was the one to suggest her character Lady Danbury’s top hat and walking stick. The first season of Netflix's hit series "Bridgerton" is filled with lavish parties and balls. Liam Daniel/Netflix Throughout the series, there is "synergy between the sets and the costumes," production designer Will Hughes-Jones told journalist Valentina Valentini Q&A … The writing itself gave us clear instruction of what was necessary to design. Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke (Regé-Jean Page) donned dazzling costumes for the glamorous balls on "Bridgerton. "Bridgerton's" incredible costumes are a huge reason why the show is one of the top original Netflix series of all time! “And in that time, I remember bringing it up with Shonda [Rhimes] that we wanted to do a modern fashion look [grounded in] historical ideas.”. It’s always by color, shape and adornment. “He still has his own style and his own independent point of view, but it [becomes] a little bit more married into the time that we are living in through the story.”. Is it easy for his trousers to drop? 64,587, This story has been shared 24,428 times. 'Bridgerton' Costume Designer Brings High Fashion Influences to Shonda Rhimes' Regency Era Would you wear Lizzo’s butt-baring cutout dress? Bridgerton costume designer Ellen Mirojnick explains her spin on Regency style. This story has been shared 250,052 times. Her tangents and general complaints can be seen on Twitter at @ByValentinaV . “We only had a short two-week prep period on Still Star-Crossed,” remembers Mirojnick, who’s designed such notable projects as Behind the Candelabra, The Greatest Showman and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and received numerous accolades for her work in the New York fashion scene and beyond. Daphne Bridgerton and her mother, Violet Bridgerton, attend to needlepoint in their drawing room. With a large ensemble cast, it’s impressive to hear that Mirojnick created specific costumes for each of the principal players, from Daphne Bridgerton to Penelope Featherington. However, as the costume expert pointed out, some of the show’s most stirring scenes also relied on more subtle “choreography.”, “What’s really, really lovely, where you really don’t see anything but you actually feel a lot, is when they’re together and all he does is lift her skirt … that is just sexy unto itself, without really seeing the undergarments.”. EJ: First, we looked at paintings, fashion and other images online and any other place I could get them from the period. They shield the face; they instantly make everybody seem precious or old. Her personal essays can be read in the Los Angeles Times and Longreads. VV: Was it exciting or daunting or both, being given this responsibility? This latest period-drama sensation is a frothy fantasy full of embellished ball gowns, extravagant jewellery and feathered headdresses. Bridgerton costume designer Ellen Mirojnick talks about her research process, a fictionalized version of the Regency era, and the beauty of the heaving bosom. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, Meet 'Bridgerton' Script Supervisor Helena Jung, Inside 'Bridgerton': The Set of Clyvedon Village, What to Expect from the ‘Bridgerton' Podcast, The ‘Bridgerton’ x Phenomenal Sweatshirt Collab, 'Bridgerton' Principal Costumer Jessica Phillips, Introducing 'Bridgerton: The Official Podcast', 'Bridgerton' 2nd Sound Assistant Elizabeth King, Crowd Hair & Makeup Artist Wayne Fitzsimmons, Get Ready for 'Bridgerton: The Official Podcast'. The number and type of scenes that the scripts called for ranged from poor neighborhoods to lavish balls, from Hyde Park dueling grounds to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. When they came to us, we said from the get-go that this was no small affair, and we needed a lot of resources. In the case of Bridgerton, the series starts in 1813. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The characters wear their finest clothes and jewelry in every episode. His first wife, Empress Josephine, followed that style and the British took their fashion sense from Paris; that’s how it influenced London’s look. 39 Shares Bridgerton … VALENTINA VALENTINI: It sounds like Chris Van Dusen really trusted you to just take the reins and go with the flow. EM: It was pretty spectacular — it was a little bit of both, exciting and daunting. 24,428, This story has been shared 14,754 times. What was that like working with him? And when the principal photography for Bridgerton was released, it looked as if costume designer Ellen Mirojnick took Quinn’s descriptions to heart. Not intended as “a history lesson,” her costume choices instead created “a new feeling for 1813 that absolutely fit with the modern twists and turns of the show.”. “We had a shorthand already and knew their aesthetic,” says Mirojnick, “so the overall feel of the show became clear just from one conversation with Chris.” Adds Glaser: “That script gave us the information needed for all eight episodes. When we needed to cheat, depending on who the character was, we would make a different corset to actually smooth the body underneath the dress so that we could make everybody look the best that they can look. From the very first reading of the show’s outline, she and her co-designers John Glaser and John Norster knew their task was going to be on a grand scale — both in scope and look — but Mirojnick and Glaser had worked with Shondaland previously on the period romance Still Star-Crossed, so they were up for the challenge. I do a lot of work based on intuition and feeling. There’s hardly anything with a hard line — it’s all illusion and visual magic. 14,754, This story has been shared 9,008 times. While Mirojnick originally looked to “probably every decade from 1813 forward” for ideas, the show’s distinctive looks are now making their mark on 2021. A typical Regency-era accessory. There was a similar premise for dressing the cast of Bridgerton. But they didn’t. Your California Privacy Rights When creating the “half corsets” seen on many characters in the show, Mirojnick collaborated with iconic couturier Mr. Pearl, whose legendary designs have been worn by stars ranging from burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese to Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick told Insider about the meaning behind each character's jewelry. Your Ad Choices While binge-watching eight episodes all at once may make it easy to pass-over the nuances, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick found subtle ways to build story through the sweeping gowns and flowery suits throughout. She discusses how her team spent five and a half months making 7500 costumes for principle characters and extras on set. The story behind the engagement ring Brooks Koepka designed for Jena Sims, Jason Sudeikis ‘100 percent knew’ his awards-show hoodies would go viral, Paulina Porizkova, 55, claps back at ageist critics of her lingerie photos, Cher slammed on social media for George Floyd tweet, Inside Queen Elizabeth’s close bond with her sister Princess Margaret, Pregnant Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr. planning move to Hawaii, Best star snaps of the week: Babes and their babies, © 2021 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, 63 million-plus households already watching Season 1, The 27 best celebrity bikini pictures of 2021 — so far, Grammys 2021 red carpet: See how celebrities dressed up for the show, The 21 best-dressed stars in Grammys red carpet fashion history, The best at-home looks from the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet. We ended up using a lighter version of the classic British ceramicist’s Wedgwood blue — carved ceilings that looked like French pastry, wedding cakes, images that just felt like the Bridgerton world and the world of aristocracy. Also, enjoy the video featurette below that reveals the massive undertaking of dressing Bridgerton. The rich jewel tones, embellished necklines, and … Created by Chris Van Dusen, executive produced by TV legend Shonda Rhimes and adapted from Julia … By Erica Gonzales JOHN GLASER: It’s so true. EM: The silhouette is similar to a Grecian silhouette. And people have actually applauded it. When Chris wrote about the Featheringtons, he used acidic colors — lime green, lemon yellow, orange — and so that was a very clear indication of what we needed to do. Below, Shondaland talks in detail with Mirojnick and Glaser about Regency fashion, the painter who influenced their color palate and the famous corset maker they were able to snag. Get Your First Look at Shondaland's 'Bridgerton', Bridgerton Cast Questionnaire: Golda Rosheuvel, ‘Bridgerton’ Cast Questionnaire: Jonathan Bailey. Over the course of the season, his steamy scenes required the costume team to consider not only how the characters dress, but also how they undress. Things along those lines,” explained Mirojnick, who looked to showrunner Chris Van Dusen’s script for cues. 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Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick reunited with executive producer Shonda Rimes for the innovative regency romance — and as the 63 million-plus households already watching Season 1 can attest, the show’s clothes are truly the “diamond of the season.”, “My main objective was to create a world that was aspirational, that I could take regency and twist it enough and be able to add modern elements,” Mirojnick told Page Six Style. And while fictional gossip columnist Lady Whistledown has the scoop on court scandal, Mirojnick is the reigning expert when it comes to the show’s warehouse full of 7,500 costume pieces, all assembled by her team in the five months prior to filming. Though many of the British actors were “used to doing regency in somewhat of a Jane Austen feel,” the clothes in “Bridgerton” are just as vibrant as the show’s colorful characters; there’s nary a beige dress or bonnet in sight. After visiting all of the costume shops in London and knowing what was available at two major costume houses in Italy and Spain, they realized Bridgerton’s costumes had to be built from the ground up in order to both achieve the unique look they were going for and to sustain the number of cast — both principle, secondary and background — they were going to have to dress. In Bridgerton, the use of color was an important way to both acknowledge the past, but to also draw in a modern audience. In costume designer Ellen Mirojnick’s 30-year career, she’s never worked on a bigger or more ambitious project than Bridgerton. If we had all of those people and they were not as talented, it would have been a mess and a nightmare. 2021 Costume Designers Guild Awards: 'Mank,' 'Da 5 Bloods' and 'Bridgerton' Among Full List of Nominees By Desiree Murphy‍ 9:30 AM PST, March 4, 2021 Netflix Bridgerton's Costume Designer Reveals How Dior and Chanel Inspired a Modern Regency Wardrobe. EM: The second part was that we had to shift the color palette. Fashion is cyclical — everything comes back around. They were half corsets, not going all the way to the waist, just sitting under the bust, and they have to have a cup in them that’s different from a Victorian corset, which molds the body to give it a tiny waist — like 19 inches. Thanks for contacting us. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnik spoke to HelloGiggles about the secret messages hidden in each character's wardrobe, from Daphne and … 11 December 2020 by Kara Kia. The Costume Designers Guild has revealed the nominees for its 23rd annual CDG Awards for film, TV and shortform. In fact, Bridgerton is projected to be one of Netflix’s top five original series — and a major reason for that is the amazing costume design in the show. That kind of coloration brings life to a show that is unexpected. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Then we broke it down into shapes, wildness and tameness. ‘We had to create a costume house that was making mens and womens clothing, inside and out, from underwear to shoes, there was nothing out there that we could use,’ she explained. Shondaland participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. So, we’d have our basis to start and the more modern designer’s interpretation of it, and then we’d construct it with all that in our minds. As for Daphne’s love interest, “Bridgerton’s” dreamy Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page)? EM: Everything really does go back to the Shondaland esthetic. Even some historians have applauded it. "Bridgerton" costume designer Ellen Mirojnick discusses the secrets of the show's style — including how she created clothes for all those sex scenes. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnic is behind the opulent gowns and headpieces seen on the Bridgerton clan and their cohorts in this alternate-universe version of 19th-century high society London. EM: That’s a perfect way to describe it. I think that in one of the conversations I had with producer Betsy Beers and Chris we were thinking about colors like a sorbet, and also French macaron colors. Bridgerton costume designer Ellen Mirojnick details how the costumes for the Netflix melodrama were created, how many there are in Season 1, and more. In the weeks since the show’s release, “regencycore” corsets and dresses have reportedly begun trending. We basically painted the show. “In the rain scene, we see her garment come off and that corset was specifically designed for that … there’s more color and there’s more detail in that particular corset than the one that she wears every day,” she continued.