26 Secrets About "Bridgerton" From The Team Who Created It
"There's nothing that's arbitrary about the work we do."
🚨Major spoilers ahead!!🚨
1. According to costume designers Ellen Mirojnick and John Glaser, there wasn't a specific costume that was difficult to design — the real difficulty was the scale of the series.
2. Overall, 7,500 articles of clothing were made to create 6,000 costumes. For the principal ladies — Daphne, Violet, Eloise, Penelope, The Queen, Marina, Lady Danbury, and Lady Featherington, to name a few — it took UPWARDS OF A WEEK to create ONE dress.
3. BUUUT, if they had to choose the ONE character it was hardest to design for, they agreed on Lady Featherington.
4. When referring to the costume style for the families, the Bridgertons were referred to as "the Tiffany family" and the Featheringtons were referred to as "the Versace family."
5. Daphne's color palette changed as she grew as a character.
6. Ellen Mirojnick said when Regé-Jean Page (Simon Basset) walked into the fitting room, "it was clear he wouldn't be anything similar to the men of the ton."
7. Simon always wears a broach, which belonged to his late mother.
8. Marina wears a necklace with an eye pendant to represent her love, George.
9. It was actually Adjoa Andoh's idea that Lady Danbury wear a top hat and use a walking stick.
10. According to music composer Kris Bowers, the first pieces of inspiration for Simon and Daphne's theme were "some piano pieces Chris Van Dusen sent me by Ravel."
11. Simon and Daphne's theme changes throughout the season as their relationship changes.
12. They also have their own individual themes.
13. Kris Bowers arranged the "Strange" cover, which is the score that plays in the background as Simon and Daphne consummate their marriage.
14. For "pretty obvious reasons," a Kanye song was nixed from the soundtrack.
15. In the scene when Daphne plays the pianoforte, the notes being played are musically accurate.
16. Though Alexandra Patsavas (the music supervisor) was responsible for orchestral pop song covers, Kris said he'd love to hear a cover of a Beyoncé song in a potential Season 2.
17. Max Richter's score for Mary Queen of Scots heavily influenced the Bridgerton score.
18. Harpsichord was the main instrument used for "The Latest Whistledown" (Lady Whistledown's theme) and the piano was the main instrument used for "We Could Form an Attachment" (Daphne and Simon's theme).
19. Because of the pandemic, the entire score was composed virtually, with musicians playing at home alone across numerous time zones.
20. Kris didn't discover Lady Whistledown's identity until the show had already filmed a few episodes, impacting how he proceeded with her theme.
21. Aside from the orchestral moment at the end of the pilot, "What Women Do Best" is Kris Bowers' favorite score.
22. Gina Cromwell, the set decorator, revealed that a total of 293 sets were used on the show, including "every room corridor and staircase, plus all the locations."
23. Clyvedon had about six locations to make up the one manor.
24. The Hastings courtyard was actually built inside the studio to better control the weather.
25. According to Gina, "not that many" sets were repurposed to look like a completely different room, but that was the case with the Featherington drawing room and Lord Featherington's bedroom.
26. And, last but not least, the Queen's garden party was the hardest set to decorate.
Wowza! This just goes to show that a series is only as strong at the people behind it! Can't wait to see what this team does for *fingers crossed* Season 2!
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