Netflix partners with the British Fashion Council to create gowns inspired by Bridgerton

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read

From Harper's BAZAAR

Netflix's lavish period drama Bridgerton - set in the world of Regency London high society and resplendent with extravagant gowns - has been a huge success since its release on Christmas day.

Following its launch, Netflix has now announced its partnership with the British Fashion Council, commissioning three young scholars to create regency garments inspired by the series.

The BFC Scholars Aurélie Fontan, Edward Mendoza and Shanti Bell, were mentored by designer Richard Quinn to create fabulous period costumes worthy of modern-day gossip columns.

Photo credit: British Fashion Council
Photo credit: British Fashion Council

The final designs have been modelled by the stars of the show - Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan, who stars as Penelope Featherington, Claudia Jessie, who plays Eloise Bridgerton, Adjoa Andoh, who stars as Lady Danbury, and Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte - and photographed by Amber Pinkerton.

Photo credit: BFC
Photo credit: BFC
Photo credit: BFC
Photo credit: BFC

Gemma Juviler, Commercial Director, British Fashion Council said: "This year has been one of the hardest for the British fashion industry. We are delighted to partner with Netflix to support our talented designers to work on one of the biggest shows of the year - Bridgerton.

"This collaboration with Netflix illustrates the vital position fashion plays in television, the actors' characters were brought to life by our scholars’ beautifully designed looks for the campaign shoot.

"Richard Quinn, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design in 2018, has also played an instrumental part in mentoring the scholars during the design process – demonstrating the power of BFC’s network and the importance of education in this partnership."

Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she prepares to make her anticipated debut onto Regency London's cutthroat marriage market. Hoping to marry for love rather than wealth or status, the high society scandal sheet written by the elusive Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) casts aspersions on Daphne.

Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes' mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society's expectations for their future.

The drama, from Shondaland and creator Chris Van Dusen, is based on the series of bestselling novels by Julia Quinn, so fans are hoping that there is plenty of material for a second season.

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