Bridgerton: The style of the successful series interpreted in a modern way

The style of the successful series interpreted in a modern way

Empire dresses like those worn by Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) have long been a cult.


We are moving the "Bridgerton" style with its empire dresses into the 21st century. This is what the new Jane Austen style looks like.

Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy would turn green with envy if they could see the new dream couple in the romantic series heaven: Because Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor, 25) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page, 31) don't just let their hearts go "Pride & Prejudice" fans beat faster, but instead gave the US production "Bridgerton" the shot of modernity that triggered a real hype. The costumes of London's high society at that time certainly made up part of the fascination. We're bringing the style from 1813 to 2021!

"Bridgerton" is set in the Regency era (around 1811 to 1820), whose fashion should above all exude elegance and a certain lightness. Regency marked the transition from the Georgian to the Victorian era. Women wore empire dresses that are defined by an underbust cut and are reminiscent of Greek antiquity.

This is what you wore in the Regency era

Outwardly light, the models were anything but comfortable to wear, because nothing worked without a corset back then. Since women did not wear voluminous hoop skirts, other pomp had to be helped: The simple – mostly pastel-colored dresses – were spiced up with precious stones, pearls, embroidery, waistbands and elaborate hairstyles.

Designer Ellen Mirojnick (71) created around 5,000 costumes for the series. Daphne Bridgerton alone wore 104 of them, as Mirojnick revealed in an interview with Vogue. Empire dresses of this kind can still be seen in the 21st century – but then mostly on festive occasions, such as a wedding. But it is also much simpler. Designers such as Simone Rocha and Cecilie Bahnsen and the Erdem brand presented babydoll models in their spring / summer collections 2021 that are significantly more puristic but no less elegant. The great thing: the underbust cut skilfully conceals one or the other bacon pillow in the stomach area.

After a rather sober year 2020 with joggers and sweatshirts in terms of fashion, it can be a little more in spring 2021. Admittedly, it doesn't have to be an opulent feather headdress like the daughters of the Featherington family presented at the beginning of the series. But a statement necklace, choker or XXL earrings like those worn by Lady Danbury are just the thing to start a better year 2021 aesthetically and chic.