A shout out to my friend Andrea, who turned me from the steady diet of Holiday Rom-Com’s we had been ingesting late last year, to Netflix’s Bridgerton for the inspiration of this piece. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew that anything from writer/producer Shonda Rhimes would have the midas touch, and Bridgerton was no exception. In the 8-part series, viewers were treated to a captivating display of elaborate costumes of the Regency era. Good news! We can still find modern outfits today that are inspired by the fashion of tomorrow’s past. Think intricate lace, tulle, puff sleeves, delicate patterns, corsets, bodices, bows, embroidery and ruffles. Here are some fancy finds worthy of your next ball, or more likely a fun promenade with friends.
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Get ready for the biggest ball of the season as London’s Needle & Thread brings you all the tulle, the embroidery and embellishment to your heart’s desire, making you the ‘Diamond of the first water.’ After all, even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton herself, is a fan. Offering dresses in a mini, ballerina (ankle) or gown length to suit all occasions, encouraging timeless wear. The Genevieve Rose Gown in Moonscape uses multi-layers of tulle to its full capacity creating the showstopping drama, fit for Daphne Bridgerton’s or even her nemesis, Cressida Cowper’s entry into high society.
It all started with a bridesmaid dress for stylist, designer and creative director Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s own Bridgehampton’s (how perfect!) wedding in 2010. Now, the brand has stores in New York, California, Florida and soon Texas. Here are a few finds from their own stylist which highlight puffed sleeves, smocked bodices and ruffles. The Angie Silk Maxi Dress is the perfect rosette print for Marina Thompson to wear as she chats to her callers in the drawing room.
From Turkey to Paris and New York, Gül Hürgel’s studies at Parsons School of Art and Design have helped her create a namesake line reflective of her love of the Mediterranean. Find her creations online and in a few European stores. Using light linen fabrics, Gül keeps the Bridgerton style alive with ruffles, florals and, flowy skirts and sleeves. My top pick is the Dark Blue Sleeveless Ruffle Neck Shirt Dress with the Elizabethan-esque ruff collar. The bold color is nod to Penelope of the Featherington House.
After finishing her MBA degree in Luxury Brand Marketing, then working in the luxury fashion industry for 3 years, Yingtong Chung decided to chase her childhood passion for dreamy dresses and started the Fairy Tong brand in 2020. Each garment is handmade by a single seamster and also offers a made-to-measure service. Fairy Tong prides on slow fashion, using quality silks, satins and organza, are all worthy of high society. Eloise Bridgerton would be comfortable wearing the Dhalia Doll Dress with a dramatic bow as she builds her case about Lady Whistledown.
We all cannot commit to wearing flowy skirts and layers of tulle every day. For most of us, we are still in middle of winter wearing parkas. Tobi offers a functional, more subtle option with the full of the spirit of the show. Tobi is a strictly online fashion platform, serving women in over 100 countries worldwide since 2007. Based in LA, and with thousands of styles from in-house and external brands, Tobi is a one-stop shop. The fitted bodices and corsets like the Tea Time Blue Back Tie Bustier Crop Top can be seen on the supporting characters like, Madame Genevieve Delacroix, owner of the dressmaking boutique, Modiste, and Siena Rosso, the opera singer and the eye of Anthony’s Bridgerton’s “affections.”
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