If, like me and millions of others, you set a personal record for how quickly you devoured the new Netflix series Bridgerton, you’ll know that it isn’t an ordinary period drama. Steamy scenes and a racially-inclusive cast aside, has a TV show ever inspired you to don a puff sleeve or chandelier earrings like Bridgerton has?
Dubbed ‘Regencycore,’ fashion search app Lyst has noted that searches for corsets are up 123% (who said a tracksuit was the only acceptable lockdown attire?), while empire line dresses have increased by 93% since the show aired.
It’s easy to see why. While Bridgerton is loosely rooted in historical fact, every aspect has been modernised (the of-the-moment soundtrack included). It was the costumes, however, that caused a stir, having shunned anything less-than fabulous from the era, and instead opting only for a pleasingly heavy-handed dose of sparkle.
‘We’re not talking about 1813 and Jane