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How to make the period drama’s biggest trends work in 2021

If, like me and millions of others, you set a personal record for how quickly you devoured the new Netflix series Bridgerton, you’ll know that it isn’t an ordinary period drama. Steamy scenes and a racially-inclusive cast aside, has a TV show ever inspired you to don a puff sleeve or chandelier earrings like Bridgerton has? 

Dubbed ‘Regencycore,’ fashion search app Lyst has noted that searches for corsets are up 123% (who said a tracksuit was the only acceptable lockdown attire?), while empire line dresses have increased by 93% since the show aired.

It’s easy to see why. While Bridgerton is loosely rooted in historical fact, every aspect has been modernised (the of-the-moment soundtrack included). It was the costumes, however, that caused a stir, having shunned anything less-than fabulous from the era, and instead opting only for a pleasingly heavy-handed dose of sparkle.

‘We’re not talking about 1813 and Jane Austen and beige or cream bonnets,’ Bridgerton’s costume designer Ellen Mirojnick told Town & Country. Instead, she wanted to create something ‘fresh, young and aspirational’ which has meant the fashion is more relatable than it would have been if it was more closely aligned with Regency era dressing.