Bridgerton Season 2 Costumes: Review the Best Fashion So Far

“Bridgerton” fans can expect another season full of romance and drama, complete with Regency-era costumes.
Season two of the hit Shondaland series promises even more colour and the same elaborate dresses, headpieces, and jewels that spawned the Regency-core trend that is currently dominating the fashion world.

While season one costume designer Ellen Mirojnick did not return to the wardrobe team, Sophie Canale, also known for her work on “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “X-Men: First Class,” picked up where Mirojnick left off. This season, she and her team created approximately 700 costumes for the main characters alone, a whopping 146 of which were used in the first episode.

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“For me, the beauty of design is always in the attention to detail,” Canale said in a Shondaland article. “I feel the audience will see this in the cut of the costumes, embroidery, embellishment, hats, reticules [Regency bags], matching jewelry sets for costumes, men’s watch fobs, tiepins — the list goes on.”

Indeed, Canale was meticulous about incorporating specific accessories that speak to the wearer’s personality. Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), for instance, arrives on the scene and becomes a new love interest for Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), who is looking for a wife. Through her wardrobe — such as her smart top hat and jewel-toned colour palette — we see her strength and sincerity.

Viewers will get to enjoy four different ball scenes this season, all of which are coordinated — from the set design to the ensemble wardrobe to the main characters’ outfits — to adhere to a theme. Watch closely during these key moments to see how the costumes complement and enhance the story — it’s clear that Canale’s careful costume planning paid off. Ahead, dive into the first-released stills from the show and learn about the inspiration behind the looks.

Which book is Bridgerton season 2 based on?

Season 2 of Bridgerton has finally arrived on Netflix, with the period drama turning its attention to the second love story of the franchise: that of Anthony Bridgerton.

Sex Education’s Simone Ashley and Alex Rider’s Charithra Chandran have joined the Bridgerton cast for its brand new season to play sisters Kate and Edwina Sharma – the latest arrivals on London’s debutante scene who find themselves stuck in a love triangle with the eldest Bridgerton brother.

While we know season 1 was based on the first book in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton book series The Duke and I, which book is season 2 based on? And how much does the TV show differ from the original source material?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Bridgerton books that inspired season 2 – otherwise, check out how you can read them in order.

What book is season 2 of Bridgerton based on?

Bridgerton’s second season is based on Julia Quinn’s 2000 novel The Viscount Who Loved Me – which is also the title of season 2’s final episode.

The novel is the second in Quinn’s Bridgerton book series and like the TV show, focuses on Anthony Bridgerton’s search for a wife.

In the book, Anthony meets Edwina Sheffield (who is named Edwina Sharma in the Netflix series), the diamond of the season, and he sets out to marry her – however, he has to deal with her headstrong sister Kate.

If you’d like to read the Bridgerton books in order, you should start with The Duke and I (which is what season 1 is based on) before reading The Viscount Who Loved Me, followed by An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton and the other novels in the series.

How does the book differ from the TV show?

**Spoilers ahead for Bridgerton season 2**

While Bridgerton season 2 roughly follows the book, it does deviate from the novel’s plotline around the bee sting scene.

Still dealing with trauma after witnessing his father die from a bee sting years earlier, Anthony begins to panic when Kate is stung and he tries to save her in a way that looks incredibly inappropriate from an outsider’s perspective. To avoid scandal, Anthony is forced to marry Kate and they slowly fall in love during their marriage.

In the TV show however, Kate is strung by a bee and Anthony panics, however Kate calms him down and they share an intense moment together – although it isn’t seen by anybody else. Despite continuing to share these longing looks and sexually tense moments, Anthony proposes to Edwina and the pair almost marry. However, Edwina abandons Anthony at the altar after witnessing the chemistry between him and her sister.

Bridgerton season 2 is available to stream on Netflix. 

You can buy The Viscount Who Loved Me and the Bridgerton book series on Amazon. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our guide to the best series on Netflix and best movies on Netflix, or visit our TV Guide.

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