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'Bridgerton' prequel takes Queen Charlotte on 18th-century journey to natural hair

[This story contains minor spoilers for the first two episodes of Queen Charlotte .]

Five minutes later Shonda Rhimes’ BridgetonPrequelQueen Charlotte, young Charlotte, played by India Ria Amarteifio, is called To be “ridiculous to the eye”, she sat almost motionless in the back seat of the carriage. Charlotte unhappy with her situation – married to the King of England – and her attire, gives a brief Response: Set the tone for her character throughout the collection: her active spirit and her fashion sense.

“I wear Lyons silk inlaid with Indian sapphires and covered with years old Lace,” Charlotte retorted. “Apparently too much movement caused the sapphire to tear the lace. If that wasn’t enough, the gown rested on a custom base made from whalebone.

“ Yes, whale bones, bro,” she added a moment later, as he stared back in surprise, “whale bones. The whale died so I could look like this. ”

No whale, nor whale bones, used to actually make the plush light blue jeweled corset dress the future queen wears in the scene, but the joint Costume designers Laura Frecon and Lyn Paolo really went out of their way to create the collection of gorgeous looks worn throughout Netflix. Purchases included Order*) The corset, along with all period foundations, are made exclusively for the show.

India Amarteifio as young Queen Charlotte. Liam Daniel/Netflix (L to R) India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest as Young King George in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. (L to R) India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest as Young King George in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

“We wanted it to be a mix of history and high fashion,” Fraken says Queen Charlotte style direction.

Via Zoom, Frecon and Paolo, all involved in the Origins series, showed Rhimes how they came up with This concept, from 450 Met Gala theme Charles · James: Beyond Fashion Based on 20Couturier of the century with his structured ball gowns.

“We are at Bridgerton on the Internet all day, then held up the mood board to the computer trying to explain what our plans were if we were lucky enough to be invited to the show. Halfway through, Shonda said, ‘Yeah, love it. Thanks. great. Let’s get started,'” Paolo recalls with a laugh. “It was a great gift from Shonda. ”

In the sketches Paolo and Frecon showed to Rhimes, Charlotte’s hair was imagined from the start to be natural. In stark contrast to the ornate wigs that would later define the Queen Interestingly, the main character’s narrative is that of her attaining her own powers as a ruler.

“We can all agree it’s going to be a journey,” says hair and makeup designer Nic Collins Said. “She doesn’t look like a big shot with these big wigs. She starts with natural hair. She was in a foreign country, in an arranged marriage she didn’t want to be in. It must have been terrible for her. Those are things we’re thinking about.

For two-thirds of the first episode, Charlotte’s hair is mostly in a curly bun, including her attempt to jump over the palace wall to avoid marriage. To the King. After Adolphus witnesses their exchange and tries to assure George that Charlotte wants to marry him, she is captured by the young King George, who declares: “The choice is entirely up to her”. The concept warmed Charlotte to the idea of ​​the King and becoming his wife, leading her to go on to an arranged marriage.

India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest play young King George.

Liam Daniel/Netflix(L to R) India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest as Young King George in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

At the wedding, Charlotte was perfectly coiffed, with a row of curls framing her face, a detail of the period, Collins points out. The jeweled tiara she wore was by head milliner Jen Handcrafted by Lewis and head jeweler Steven Rogers.

“We wanted to showcase the African and its beauty,” says Collins. “That was important. This is her decision, this is her choice. It’s as if she’s just letting her hair down and letting it bask in its glory.

The ivory dress Charlotte wore in duchess satin was inspired by Queen Elizabeth II. Hinton Palace, see Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress with stunning portraits from each colony. We thought it wouldn’t be nice if we did that, so we incorporated Tudors and Yorkshire roses into the hem along with some other very British imagery,” recalls Paolo. complement each other. So, they are related.

That bond was immediately threatened when, after the wedding, Charlotte was told she would be returning to a separate residence rather than living with the King. Shocked by the news, she emerged alone on a two-person bed with her knees hugged to her chest. Her hair fell loose over her face.

1235358692 Amarteifio as young Charlotte Queen.

Liam Daniel/Netflix

“She went to this strange house, she didn’t realize she was going, there was a whole bunch of people there who didn’t look like her, didn’t know her, she just left,” Collins explained. “They might take care of her, but who knows if they knew what to do with her hair the first night? That’s what they probably learned to do to her. ’

That’s exactly what happens when Charlotte embraces the power she has once again, even if it’s her control in somewhat inappropriate circumstances.” In the second episode, There’s a series of maids manipulating her hair, tying it up, wrapping it up for bed, putting the pills in, and it plays out beautifully in the larger story,” Collins added.

Collins points out that natural hair can present challenges on set, especially in relation to lighting, causing hairstyles to lose their shape and texture in front of the camera, adding golden brown shades for Amarteifio Natural wigs to make sure the curls catch the light. The actress had three natural wigs made for her to protect her hair from everyday styling while filming. “We said we’d do it at all costs , Collins recalls, as she emphasized the need to showcase natural hair texture in the collection.

“It’s something you don’t see. I’ve never seen it in a costume drama before. This is 1235403995 all about , creating images you can see now,” she said. “These people exist and they inspire other people. That’s the beauty of the whole Bridgerverse.”

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