Introduction to Bridgerton
On December 25th 2020, Bridgerton dropped on Netflix. It is an eight episode series produced by Shonda Rhimies and Chris Van Susen. It is based on a series of books of the same name by Julia Quinn. Season one follows the first book, The Duke and I.
Bridgerton has been massively popular since it first came out. It’s been so popular that the style Regency-core has emerged on the internet because it.
One of the many subjects of discussion about this show are the costumes and how they are not historically accurate. Let’s be clear, Bridgerton does follow some Regency fashion conventions, like empire waist except for Lady Featherington’s costumes, but Bridgerton is depicting a fictionalized version of the early 19th centuries fashion, it’s a historical-fantasy.
In this version of 1813 London society there are neon colors, plastics, Swarovski crystals, lots of beading and tons of embroidery, glitter etc. It’s crazy in the best way.
Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick said that show’s overall look was inspired by Irish painter Genieve Figgis. Whose art has like a surreal rococo, victorian melted look.
So yes, Bridgerton has a foundation in Regency fashion but has a sense of modernity to the look and that makes its own. You know you looking at Bridgerton when you see the costumes,
This is a list of the best costumes worn by Daphne Bridgerton throughout season one. On average she wears about eight costumes per episode. She has a lot of costume changes and very few repeats of said costumes. Some are quite simple while others are very over-the-top. I will say some of her costumes do look very similar to each other like blue with short puffed sleeves in a variety of different fabric types.
So there are 15 of Daphne’s costumes listed here. I think my head would explode if I tried to rank all the character’s costumes together.
The costumes were ranked on aesthetics (I can’t help it. I liked a lot of her ball gowns), how they fit the scene and memorability.
Rankings could change and the number could change.
All of Daphne’s costumes are lovely even her simplest day dresses.
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Also spoilers ahead.
A little bit on Daphne Bridgerton's overall style
Daphne and her relationship with Simon Bassett, The Duke of Hastings, is the primary focus of season one. She is the eldest daughter of the super elite Bridgeton family, As the family are well known established family in London’s society they are refined and sophisticated. They are at the upper echelon of society,
This refinement is conveyed in their styling. Their color is blue but you will see pinks and other soft pastels colors. Daphne wears lots of blue and white, Most of her costume up until she marries are shades of blue. She starts wearing more purples and some pinks after she gets married. She wears green once or twice.
Phoebe Dynevor played Daphne Bridgerton.
The “Burn for you” Dress
This day gown of Daphne’s appears a few times in Bridgerton but most notably when she and Simon are traveling on their way to the Hastings’ estate at Clyvedon. She wears this dress when they share their inmate desires with each other at an inn on their wedding night, professing to one another that they burn for one another.
This gown is the simplest of any of Daphne’s costumes, as it’s a blue satin dress with short sleeves. The lack of pattern or any kind of embellishment works perfectly for the scene as its bare appearance works for the intimacy of the scene and with Daphne and Simon admitting their feelings for one another.
Simon Teaches Daphne
This is another day costume for Daphne. She wears this dress in the third episode when Simon gives her insight to what happens at night in a marriage and what she can do at night herself.
The costume has a coat-like over layer that is a patterned satin in a grayish blue color with a darker blue satin under dress. The neckline of the over layer is a Queen Anne neckline which allows the rounded scoop neckline of the under layer to be visible. The over layer has three-quarter length sleeves. There is a crystal brooch attracted on the bodice. She completes the look with some sheer white gloves.
Daphne wears similar costumes in this style with the over layer in the same type of cut just in slightly different color combinations and patterns
The Gambling Gown
After Simon and Daphne are married, Daphne combines their signature colors into her wardrobe giving more purple costumes. As their relationship is strained the purples are more muted. These softer tones can be light differently to look more red or blue given the lighting in the scene.
Daphne wears this muted purple satin gown when she is invited to Lady Danbury’s ladies only gambling night. The sleeves are short and very slightly gathered, not as puffed as some of her other gowns. The dress is embellished with darker purple glitter details that make up clusters all over the gown.
White Glitter Gown
In this glittery ball gown, Daphne plays the game of seduction and enticement. Having been rejected by Simon and ending their ruse, Daphne sets her sights on Prince Frederic. In this gown she makes the prince bow to her in both a display of power and seduction.
The gown is white with sheer silver glitter fabric as the overlay. The puffed short sleeves are sheer with a touch of glitter on the fabric. Daphne wears her hair in a half-up style which is a departure from her formal ball attire to this point. Her headpiece also has feather in it. A white feather fan completes this look as a means to capture the Prince’s attention.
This gown is unapologetically historically inaccurate. Glitter did not exist in the 19th century. The glitter on this gown adds to the fantasy regency look of Bridgerton. This gown is one of Daphne leaning into her persona of the “Diamond of the first Water.”
Bridgerton starts with the debutantes of the season being presented to the Queen. All the young ladies are presented to the Queen in white gowns with impressive \white plumes in their hair. It’s during this scene that the Queen bestows on Daphne the complement of being “flawless.” She is then called the “incomparable" of the season,” “The Diamond of the first water.” Basically Daphne is the “it’ girl of London society.
Her debutante gown is classic white with gold embroidery embellishments, The sleeves are short with gold embroidery on the sides. There is also a long impressive train made from the same fabric as the gown. She is perfect in this gown. One could say incomparable.
This is the costume Daphne wears at the start of the show so it’s not just her introduction to society but our introduction to the character as well. It’s a pity that its appearance on screen is so brief but there is no denying that it is very memorable.
The Wedding Gown
After Daphne and Simon go too far in the garden at the Trowbridge ball, they must avoid scandal and the ruin of the Bridgerton family by rushing down the aisle.
For Daphne, an advantageous match has been her ambition for her first season but she feels guilty for thinking she is trapping Simon into the marriage as he has been quite clear about his desire never to marry.
Her wedding gown is quite simple which makes sense given the speed of the wedding planning. It’s a very classic regency silhouette with short puffed sleeves. There is a sheer white overlay with a floral pattern. It’s most likely white embroidery to keep the look soft and bridal.
It is a very simple and demure wedding gown.
Vauxhall Ball Gown
After some bad behavior from her elder brother, Anthony, Daphne’s popularity plummets and her only prospect is an undesirable baron. Things take a turn for her at the ball at Vauxhall when after punching the gimp out, her and Simon enter into their ruse. They form an attachment to make her desirable to the eligible bachelors of London and he get ambitious mothers off his back. It was a great way to end the first episode of the series.
We also see this gown later in episode three when Daphne is dreaming about dancing with Simon at this ball.
The gown Daphne wears to the Vauxhall ball is very similar to her casual outfits and less like the ones she wears to other balls. It is slightly more fancy though as it has floral embroidery appliques. The color is Daphne’s signature blue color, the color of wedgewood. The sleeves are once again puffed with the floral embroidery appliques on them. The skirt has less amounts of embroidery appliques but does have a tiny bit of sequins sewn on.
The reason for why she would wear a less opulent gown to this particular ball would be to attract less attention to herself as her popularity has taken a hit and she didn’t want Lord Berbrooke to notice her either.
Call me Simon
Daphne wears this gown at the end of episode two. She is wearing when Simon tells her to call him by his first name, He then touches her back, their first skin-to-skin contact, She also wears this gown in a scene before when she is talking to Eloise about the night their youngest sister, Hyacinth was born.
Many of Daphne’s ball gowns are white with lots of beaded embellishments. It can be hard to keep track of them as if you’re not paying attention they can mistake one for another. This one has flower embroidery all other it with pearls looking beads sewn in the middle part of the flowers. The sleeves are cap sleeves that look very delicate. The neckline is a very regency-like neckline that is rounded square.
Pinkish Ball Gown
Another ball gown that Daphne wears in episode two where the ball doesn’t have a name associated with it. During the ball Simon tells Daphne’s eldest brother, Anthony about how unsuitable Berbrooke is as a husband. Daphne warns Simon that his efforts have not really helped matters.
This gown has a pinkish golden tone with lots of gold beading. There is beading on the bodice, the waistline, cap sleeves and on the skirt though in lesser concentration on the skirt. It looks like the beading is actually on sheer overlay.
Painting Viewing Day Dress
In Episode three, Daphne and Simon’s ruse in full swing as the shown bonding with each other, getting ice cream and generally having fun talking with each other. During an outing to view Simon's family painting collection, Daphne and Simon bond further as they discuss his mother’s favorite painting while they are alone together. During this scene the pair holds hands.
It’s one of Daphne’s day outfits and it’s a combination of light blue with sheer white overlay. The overlay has a wave like pattern. The sleeves are sheer and puffed with a line pattern. A thin light blue velvet ribbon is attracted to the waistline with a flat bow at the center.
She wears sheer wrist-length gloves with it. The same gloves wears with the costume she wears when Simon teaches her about wedding which is seen later in episode three.
Meeting the Prince
As a result of the ruse, Daphne’s prospect of having her choice of suitable bachelor improves but she finds that most of society’s offerings are not to her taste as they are not Simon. Enter the Queen’s Nephew, Prince Fredric. He is the perfect foil to Simon as he not only outranks the Duke of Hastings but is nice, not a rake and wants to get married. Move over his aunt is pushing for him to pick Daphne for his wife as she gave Daphne her highest compliment, therefore she is the best for her nephew.
When Daphne is first introduced to the Prince she is wearing this very light blue ball gown. Like so many of Daphne’s other ball gowns this one has the same capped sleeves. Unlike her other outfit the embellishments are rather heavy. It has heavy gold embroidery with beading throughout the threads.
It’s a less delicate than her other gowns, less like a diamond. More of a bold look for her but still within her style of dress. This could be because on some level she is not really trying to attract anyone towards her. She is having more fun conversing with Simon at balls than dancing with other men.
Day Dress with Long Sheer Sleeves
As Daphne enjoys the day with her family and others, the boorish Lord Berbrooke interrupts and proclaims that he is to marry Daphne in three days to prevent scandal and ruin that could befall the Bridgerton if she doesn’t. Daphne resigns herself to this fate until gossip and Berbrooke’s own scandal saves her from the marriage.
The day dress she is wearing when she learns of Berbrooke getting a three day wedding license is very lovely. It’s a light blue satin with a sheer floral lace overlay. The bodice has more details while the lower portion is more sparse. The sleeves are long and made from the lace fabric. She wears sheer white gloves and a matching shawl.
This day dress was used in promotion for the show.
Danbury Ball Gown
The first ball of the London season is hosted by Lady Danbury. This ball sets the stage for most of the plots of the first few episodes of Bridgerton including when Daphne meets Simon for the first time, a snarky meet-cute for the ages.
This gown embraces Daphne being dubbed by Lady Whistledown as “The Diamond of the First Water.” Unlike the Glitter gown as seen later in the show, this gown that she wears to her debut ball is more delicate and demure.
It’s white, to showcase her status as a debutante. The bodice is heavily beaded with the skirt having less beading cascading down. The sleeves are capped and also beaded. Long opera length gloves, a delicate necklace and sparkly headpiece completes this dreamy look.
Hastings Ball Gown
The London season ends with the Hastings ball which is hosted by Daphne and Simon. As she is no longer an unmarried debutante, Daphne doesn’t dress to impress young men. She instead dresses in her new color of muted purple in a satin fabric. This gown is less embellished than her debutante gowns but it does have a restrained amount of silver beading. The beading is most notable on the tulip sleeves.
She completes the look with white opera length gloves, a heavier necklace and a subtle crystal headpiece amongst her braided up-do.
She is wearing this gown when she and Simon resolve their issues that have bee plaguing their marriage. As the rain falls prematurely ending the ball, Daphne tells him that she loves him, flaws and all. She loves all of him. Not only is the climax of the overall plot but it’s the last time we see Daphne in a ballgown. It makes this gown part of a very memorable scene that makes ways for the happy conclusions of season one of Bridgerton.
It was also used in for promo of the show.
Trowbridge Ball Gown
Daphne and Simon's story comes to ahead at the Trowbridge ball. Prior to the ball, Simon had ended the ruse and his friendship with Daphne. Without better opinions, She decides to make a go with Prince Frederic who on paper is the better match for her even if she is not wholly convinced of the match. She does have a better rapport with Frederic over the other men in London.
The Prince makes it clear that he intends to propose to Daphne there at the ball but before he can pop the pretty little question, Daphne takes a moment. In that moment outside Simon confronts her about marrying the Prince. Daphne then rushes into the garden and Simon pursues her. It is there in the garden that they share a passionate moment. Daphne’s brother Anthony interrupts them and as Daphne is leaving the ball a rival intimates that she saw Daphne and Simon in the garden, meaning a scandal is brewing for the Bridgertons, again.
Daphne also wears this gown in a scene before the ball when she tells her mother that her relationship with Simon was a lie.
This look is very different for Daphne. She is wearing yet another white ball gown. This one has lots of embroidery all over with what looks like rhinestone and silver sequins. What makes this look stand out is the black elements. She pairs this gown with a wide black velvet waistband and a sheer black shawl with silver sequin sewn into it. The shawl drapes over her bodice and covers the capped sleeves.
She also wears white opera length gloves, the necklace that Prince gave her during an earlier scene, and a large black velvet bow in her hair.
The addition of the black elements edges this gown out and sets it apart from the other like it. It’s the ideal look for her to be wearing when she and Simon go a little too far and give into their passion in a moonlight garden.
Also this looks fits the theme of Trowbridge ball which is black and white.