Your Regional Guide to Channeling Bridgerton’s Best Looks

Think corsets and puff sleeves


It didn’t take long after Bridgerton dropped on Netflix’s catalogue for it to become the ultimate fairytale dream. If you haven’t seen it yet, the series depicts England’s aristocrats as people of color in a nonconformist portrayal of Regency London. From Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Bassett’s thrilling love story to the sumptuous set design, Bridgerton was Shonda Rhimes’ latest chef d’oeuvre. 

Alongside the series’ reimagined score, cast, and storyline, its opulent costume design, comprising of 7,500 looks had us desperately wanting to channel our inner princess. We’re not alone. Fashion research platform Lyst reported that online searches for corsets—a requisite garment in the series—have surged 123 percent since the series’ premiere. Empire-waist dresses, which is the defining silhouette of the era, have risen 93 percent in popularity as well.

If you’re not a fashion history buff, here’s a breakdown of the regency era dress: after the French revolution in 1798, Empire silhouettes gained favor compared to the extravagance and opulence of the ‘robe à la française’ (think Marie Antoinette and hoop skirts). 

The style was influenced by neoclassicism and consisted of a high bust line and column silhouette. Although the show is set in 1813, its costume designer Ellen Mirojnick mixed influence from the late 1700s like corsets and panier dresses with the simpler empire silhouettes of the era. 

Timeless as they are, regency era styles have found their way into contemporary designs, inspiring runway looks and even daywear. We all witnessed puff sleeves’ revival in recent years. Ruffle trains and feathers are long from gone, too. 

Whether directly inspired or not, we couldn’t help but notice parallels between some of our favourite Arab-designed pieces and the era’s rudimentary sartorial elements. From Nafsika Skourti’s signature ‘Regina’ corsets, to Ashi Studio’s feather-adorned cape, here’s your regional guide to channelling Bridgerton’s best looks.


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