Bridgerton is one of Netflix’s most famous period unique dramas of the last few years.
But it’s not just a classic period drama, it is a statement: about love, relationships, marriage, and the role of women.
The drama combines many cultural aspects of the so-called historical Regency era such as social conventions, popular hobbies bare-knuckle boxing and gambling (you know, people couldn’t enjoy live blackjack at this time).
So, what is so special about this TV series? The main secret is a keenly modern reading that raises the most pressing questions. But we will explain it all to you!
Strong female characters
The main goal in the life of a woman in the first half of the 19th century was marriage. But the show’s main characters dream of something more. Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) dreams of true love, like her parents. That is far more important to her than social status and marriage. Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has yet to have a bridal fair, is disgusted by balls and outfits and plans to become a writer. Moreover, she wants to avoid marriage.
Reigning on the throne is the slightly flighty but wise and fair Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). The elderly Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) leads an active social life, hosting “married women only” parties where everyone behaves very loosely and gambles.
The relationship dramas
The author of the story taken as the basis for the series Bridgerton, Julia Quinn in her novels to build a harmonious relationship between couples in love. This is also what the characters in the picture strive for.
Daphne wishes to marry for love, so that trust and honesty are at the heart of the marriage. She dreams of having children and of both parents taking an active part in their upbringing. All this is quite revolutionary for the era in which she lives and the class, where parents immediately handed newborns into the hands of a nurse and the father only began to take an interest in children after they learned to speak.
Her older brother Anthony, heir to the name and continuator of the Bridgerton family, is in no hurry to marry because he is in love with a woman from another social class.
Regency-era fashion itself is incredibly beautiful. Loose light dresses, light colours, translucency… Renowned costume designer Ellen Mirojnick has produced her take on costumes from this period. Ellen and her team used clothes in yellow, lilac, purple and deep blue hues that were not traditional for that era. The costume designer created her independent gamut for each of the families and a unique style for each character.
So, Bridgerton is a unique phenomenon. The style of the drama is as close to the era and traditions of a high-society English family as possible. The drama combines magnificent costumes and historical entourage with many important social issues, and this combination, as in Bridgerton is hard to be found