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Bridgerton Season 2
On March 25th 2022 the second season of Bridgerton dropped on Netflix to much hype. As season one was a massive hit upon its release it came at no surprise that season two met with much enthusiasm.
Season two is an eight episode series produced by Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Susen. The second season mostly follows the plot of the second book in the series, The Viscount who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. However much more drama and sub-plots were added into the show adaptation.
Who Designed these Gorgeous Garments?
At this point we know what except from the costume design of Bridgerton. It’s a modern take on Recency aesthetics. It’s fun, bright and very colorful. The show never intended to be historically accurate, it's depicting a fictionalized version of the Regency period thus it’s more fantastical and all its own audacious style.
Costume designer Sophie Canale, who was assistant costume designer during the first season now takes the helm for the costumes of second season. For Canale the foundation of costume design was already in place; this meant that she could drive deeper into using the costumes to express the characters.
The New Characters
This season we are introduced to the Sharma family. Much like the Bridergtons and the Featheringtons, The Sharma have their own familial style and color palette that makes them unique in Mayfair.
This page is a list of the best costumes worn by Kate Sharma in season two. Kate has fewer costumes than Daphne did in season one. I think I counted roughly thirty costumes not including nightwear but some dresses are recycled with different outerwear in different episodes.
Unlike Daphne, Kate’s costumes are less similar to each other than Daphne's wardrobe during most of season one.
So there are 11 of Kate’s costumes listed here. My head would explode if I tried to rank all the character’s costumes together for each season.
How I Ranked the Costumes?
The costumes were ranked based on aesthetics (I really can’t help it. I liked pretty gowns and velvet), how it fit the scene and memorability.
Also as an added bonus because the Sharmas’ jewelry is outstanding, I’ve included a section highlighting of some of Kate’s jewelry that are lovely but the costumes just missed the list.
All of Kate’s costumes are one point with her characterization and beautiful so it’s a possibility that the list/ranking could change.
Who can’t wait for the next season?
The Lovely Miss Sharma
Who is Kate Sharma?
Kate Sharma is the eldest daughter of the Sharma family. The family is newly arrived from India and her main goal is to ensure her younger sister, Edwina, is taken care of by means of a brilliant marriage to an English noble, as is the stipulation of Edwina's grandparents.
Any hopeful suitor of Edwina must get Kate’s discerning approval. The wrench in the plan is when Kate meets Anthony Bridgerton. Anthony seems like the perfect match for Edwina but Kate and Anthony have a magnetism that seems to draw them together but their attraction is at odds with their familial duties and past trauma which also further draws them together.
What is the Sharmas' Sense of Style?
As the Sharma are Indian, their color palette reflects this aspect of their identity. Kate wears lots of jewel tones. Lots of purple shades and teals. She also wears orange and other colors to reflect the colors of certain balls. She also starts off the season in more heavy fabrics to showcase her rigidity. This contrasts with Edwina who wears light pinks and lighter weight fabrics.
While the silhouette of her costumes are all high-waisted, the look of Regency period, the styling and details reflects her Indian heritage. Lots of the patterns on her spencers and embroidery are Indian inspired as well as the embellishments. Her jewelry is also all Indian inspired and it is just super lovely and eye-catching.
Kate Sharma is played by Simone Ashley.
The Haldi Dress
Haldi is a Hindu pre-wedding ceremony. Haldi means Turmeric in Hindi and it’s used to purify and cleanse the body before matrimony. It also protects the couple from bad omens and is meant to be an auspicious start to their married life.
At the start of episode six the Sharma ladies have a Haldi ceremony for Edwina upcoming nuptials. They all wear turmeric colored dresses. The dress that Kate wears is made from an orange fabric that has a slight texture. There is a yellow lining which you can see at the sleeves. This gives some indication that the orange layer is at least somewhat sheer and adds dimension to color.
The sleeves are short and unadorned. There is a pleated detail in the bodice which gives some very subtle visual interest. Along the waistline there looks to be some gold beading. Also along the waistline looks to be a dark reddish-orange sheer fabric swags details which can also be seen on Edwina’s Haldi dress but it’s hard to make out as there are no full length shots of this costume.
Kate pairs this dress with a gold necklace with three tiny yellow stones in each link and earrings. Her hair is braided back to form a half-up half-down style.
This scene is a very intimate family moment between the Sharma that reflects on their culture and close family bond.
The “All my Desires” Gown
Kate wears this gown to the awkward dinner with the Sheffield’s, Edwina grandparents. It is at this small affair that the truth of the condition of Edwina’s trust comes out which Kate helped arrange. After the dinner dissolves, Kate begs Anthony in private to not call off the wedding. It’s here that Anthony tells her that she is 'the bane of his existence and the object of all his desires.' It's one of their most romantic scenes and it's swoon-worthy.
This gown is made from dark teal color that has a sheen and has a slight texture. There is scattering of white rhinestones of various sizes all over the gown but more concentrated in the bodice. The sleeves are short and are tulip shaped. The skirt has a sheer white over layer which in some shots looks like it gives the skirt portion a slight ombre effect.
She wears this gown with a gold necklace with turquoise colored gems. The gems are oval in shape and are set on the horizontal. The set has matching earrings and at least one bangle. She also has matching hair accessories.
The Danbury Ball Gown
It was established that the Ton’s season opening ball is the Danbury Ball. It’s at this ball that Kate becomes aware of Anthony’s identity and his “requirements” for a wife. Naturally snarky sparks ensue setting the stage for their will-they-won’t-they dynamic. Kate also lets it slip that she finds Anthony’s smile pleasing.
For this ball, Kate dons a gown that is a very pale almost icy blue with a pale gold lace overlay. The lace has florals and paisley patterns and is beaded and has sequins. The waistband is beaded with white floral details.
She pairs this gown with a green and white gem jewelry set complete with a tiara.
This gown seems more suited to Edwina’s fashion sensibilities than Kate’s but it’s still very pretty and the scene with Anthony makes it very memorable.
First Look at Season 2
The Bridesmaid Gown
Throughout most of the runtime in episode six, Kate wears a light purple gown for her younger sister’s ill-fated wedding. It’s a lilac colored gown most likely made from a silk satin fabric. The sleeves are short.
Sewn over the purple fabric looks to be a sheer white overlay. This overlay hangs over the edges of the sleeves. The hem of the sheer layer of the sleeves is embellished with beaded embroidery in purple and white. The waistline is also beaded with white and purple. The beading at the waistline is quite thin and delicate
The sheer layer over the skirt portion is left open off-center. This allows the garment to have movement. Along this off-center opening is embroidery in an Indian motif. It also looks like there is some beading in the embroidery. This detail goes down the sides of the opening and around the hemline.
For this look Kate wears a gold necklace that sits close to her throat. Most of Kate’s necklaces in her jewelry sets are about this length. This necklace made up three alternating links, one is ring with star like shape set inside and white stone in the center, the next one is white teardrop stone with two pink teardrops stones flanking it at the top of the point followed by a white stone and the last link in the pattern a gold teardrop with a pink diamond shape stone set in the center. The matching earrings use two of the circular link components.
Also with this look Kate wears her mother’s bangles. She tries to get Edwina to wear them as Kate has a tenacity to live through Edwina but her sister insists that Kate wears them. During the ceremony Kate nervously fidgets with one of them causing it to fall off. Anthony picks it up and gives it to Kate which finally clues Edwina in on their feelings and flees the altar. The bangles are Indian in style and made with bright blue stones.
Not only is this gown worn during a very pivotal episode but Kate is also wearing it when she and Anthony finally kiss for the first time at the end of the episode.
The Hearts and Flowers Ball Gown
For the Bridgertons’ annual Hearts and Flower ball hosted at Aubrey hall the dress code is shades of pink. Kate wears a muted cooler tone pink gown with a heavily embroidered sheer beaded overlay. It seems like the pink fabric is a heavier weight fabric which is in contrast to Edwina’s and Daphne’s gowns. The overlay is in a white floral pattern with very prismatic beading making it very eye-catching. The sleeves are short tulip shaped with beading along the edges.
With this look Kate wears a gold jewelry set. The necklace is made up of multiple teardrops in an Indian filigree style. The teardrop shapes alternate in sizes and orientation. The gems are pink and white. Her earrings are composed of the larger teardrop shape. Her tiara has the same mix of sizes and comes straight up. This jewelry set is not delicate, it is more ornate and bold which is perfect for Kate.
Her hair is in a braided updo but with a few loose curled tendrils giving her a softness.
During this ball Kate and Anthony share their first dance together. According to a snippet in a Netflix Bridgerton quiz youtube video, which is super easy, the dance that they have together is based on an Allemande which is an 18th century dance that features arm movements. The Bridgerton choreographer felt that this style of dance would add a heightened sense of sensuality, which it does.
Kate is also wearing this gown when she and Anthony almost kiss in the study and Daphne walks in and catches them.
Hearts and Flower Dance Scene
The Pall-Mall Dress
As it’s considered one of the most popular scenes in the book series, it serves to reason that the show adaptation tried to do this scene justice. The Pall-Mall sequence showcases the Bridgerton siblings’ competitive nature and how the Sharma ladies react. Given that Kate is already in an antagonist mode with Anthony she’s all game to best him while Edwina is less combative. According to the production most of the shots were just the actors playing the game and having fun.
The sequence also showcases the dynamic of what is happening between Kate and Edwina, Kate and Anthony and with Anthony and Edwina.
For the Pall-Mall sequence, Kate wears a lavender colored dress with a sheer overlay. The lavender fabric has a sheen which can be seen when Kate lifts her dress up to retrieve her ball from the mud. Most likely it’s made from silk. The overlay has embroidery but only on the lower portion of the skirt. The embroidery is a reddish purple. The embroidery gets heavier in concentration toward the hem of the dress. The pattern is like a floral zig-zag at the tops and circular at the hemline. It could be an Ogee pattern which is made up of mirrored curves but it’s hard to really tell. The embroidery does look very three-dimensional and has an Indian style. The hem of the overlay is scalloped.
The sleeves on this dress are shorter than most of Kate’s other costumes and are slightly puffed. The gloves she wears are short wrist length and match the reddish-purple embroidery. Her shoes are also the same color.
For her jewelry set, Kate wears a very bold gold necklace made with pointed elements with large pink teardrop gems set in the center. Her earrings match. She has at least five matching hair accessories in her braided bun at the back. Also in her hair are some pink flowers and feathers.
In addition to the competitive fun nature of the sequence, Anthony and Kate share a more intimate moment when they both laugh and let their guards down.
Pall-Mall Behind the Scenes
The Hunting & Riding Ensemble
We see Kate wearing this outfit twice during her stay at Aubrey Hall. It’s possible that she wears the dress in her other riding scenes though it’s hard to tell as the dress she wears when she is riding and meets Anthony for the first time as well as meeting Lady Danbury looks like it more of a sheen but it’s about the same color and serves the same function. The outerwear, or spencer, is different, that much is clear.
Kate wears this dark teal dress and spencer combination during the bee sting scene and the hunting scene. Both of which are great very memorable steamy scenes.
The dress is unadorned and looks like it’s made from a medium-weight fabric. It has a bit of a train in the back.
The matching spencer has some lovely embellishments. The collar is a slightly darker teal velvet. The edges of both the collar and label are trimmed with a chevron pattern trim and there is a knotted embroidery detail on the labels and at the back on the collar. At the back there is a short pleated peplum. The peplum has embroidery going up to the back and it looks like an Indian peacock motif.
For the hunting scene, Kate wears a hat that matches her spencer and has a sheer white fichu tucked into the neckline.
For both looks she wears the same jewelry set which consists of a gold single pendant which is circular with some cut-out details making the piece look like a flower. A gray-green stone is set in the center. She wears matching earrings.
The Epilogue Dress
One major complaint of season two was the lack of seeing Anthony and Kate married. He proposes and then it’s an epilogue where they are newly married. In the epilogue they are at Aubrey hall keeping everyone waiting. Once the couple emerges from marital bliss they start a game of Pall-Mall. Anthony and Kate have a playful yet competitive nature now that they are married. We as the audience wanted more but season three promised to show more so here’s to waiting till then.
In the epilogue, Kate wears a dark purple dress. The fabric looks like it’s made from silk and could be a saree fabric. It’s hard to tell with this gown if the lighter purple floral elements are embroidery or weaved into the fibers of the fabric. It could be a combination as the the details at the bodice are slightly raised which makes it look more like embroidery.
The details are more concentrated at the lower portion which also further makes it look like a saree. It’s a beautiful combination of both regency lines with an Indian aesthetics, which perfectly suits the new Viscountess Bridgerton.
The sleeves are tulip shapes and are trimmed with the same thread as the embroidery and is slightly scalloped. She also has purple lace wrist length gloves.
Her jewelry set is gold with pearls. The necklace alternates between a cluster pearl in a floral shape and gold component with a pink gem set in the center. Her earrings match with the pearl flower serving as the upper part and the gold part as the dangle. The matching hair accessories have the gold part as the center flanked by the pearl flowers. She wears her pull back with braids that extend into a bun. The rest is left down in the back but drapes down her shoulder. It looks very romantic yet laid back at the same time.
An Audience with the Queen Ensemble
This ensemble is a two-for-one look moment. Kate wears this look when she meets with the Queen who lets slip her motive for picking Edwina as the season’s diamond which was to oust Lady Whistledown. For this look Kate wears a light purple gown in shiny silk. The gown has puffed tulip sleeves with wide gold trim.
She pairs it with a velvet pelisse in a dark purple. The pelisse is sleeveless. The waistband is made from a wide gold and purple floral band with gold filigree brooch. The design motif is Indian in style. The overall effect of the purple tones with the brooch is so regal.
After returning to Lady Danbury’s home, Kate removes the pelisse as it is outerwear. It’s then that her favorite least favorite person, Anthony, shows up with a gift for Edwina. Kate berates him as it’s earlier in their relationship and she is trying hard to keep Anthony at bay from courting her sister.
For this look she wears a gold jewelry set with light purple stones. The necklace looks like it has granule details around the setting. Five hair accessories are in her braided bun. She also wears purple flowers and feathers in her hair.
The Featherington Ball Gown
Season two culminates in a ball, much like the first season. This time it’s hosted by the Featheringtons and it’s called The Featherington Ball. The attendees dress in colors that are associated with the Featheringtons.
For this ball Kate wears a bright orange gown with a sheer gold lace overlay. The lace has floral design and is embellished with yellowish-orange, pink and white beads. The trim along the waistband has a circular pattern with some beads.
The sleeves of this gown are made up entirely by the gold lace layer. They are short and are gathered at the top form a very pretty draped detail. The gather stitch is concealed by a trim of beading. The edges of the sleeves are scalloped. The hem of the skirt is also scalloped.
Kate’s gloves are very light orange. If you look at the attendees’ costumes for this ball, you can see that mostly all the ladies’ gloves match their gowns’ color just in a much lighter shade. Portia Featherington is a notable exception as she wears pink gloves with a green gown.
For Kate’s jewelry her gold necklace has yellow-orange marquis stone with granule details and a round pearl bead as the focal point. Her earring uses a diamond-shaped gold component along with a round pearl bead. Her tiara has larger marquis stones the same color as the ones in her necklace.
Kate wears this gown during some very memorable scenes. Her scandalous dance with Anthony. Basically the Ton is not over the recent scandals with the Bridgertons and the Sharmas. During this dance the other dancers leave the floor leaving only Kate and Anthony dancing. The Queen excuses the whole matter of the scandal and thus the scandal is dropped.