“When I learn the scripts, I prefer to formulate and assist convey [the characters’] personalities,” explains “Bridgerton” hair and make-up designer Marc Pilcher about his work on the Netflix period romance. “It’s actually vital that you just don’t simply inform the story by way of the script, by way of the performing. You may also inform the story by way of costume, by way of hair and make-up.” Watch our unique video interview with Pilcher above.
“Bridgerton” follows the title household as they navigate excessive society in Regency London through the early nineteenth century. To put together for the series, Pilcher “learn books in regards to the period. I checked out work and historic info … in addition to illustrations.” But the series isn’t strictly beholden to historic realism. Its heightened type freed Pilcher to discover a wider vary of influences.
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“What I love to do is draw from my thoughts, from my previous, from previous motion pictures,” together with parts of Nineteen Fifties style and design that had been additionally mirrored within the costumes. For occasion, “Lady Featherington was based mostly round Deborah Kerr, Elizabeth Taylor, these kind of Nineteen Fifties movies … You might deliver that ’50s really feel to the bangs, however nonetheless keep true to period.”
Some of the present’s most extravagant seems are reserved for Queen Charlotte, whose hairstyles usually method stratospheric heights, so it was vital that the hairpieces be snug for actress Golda Rosheuvel, particularly when she can be sporting them for lengthy durations. “There was a extremely tall black braided one which she wears to the marriage banquet. And that was the heaviest one. But we at all times made positive that as quickly because the cameras had been off … we’d at all times take the wig off simply to make it actually snug.”
For his work on the present, Pilcher has already received a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for hairstyling, with a further nomination for make-up. He was “gutted” that the workforce couldn’t attend the ceremony this 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. But what’s “so great with significantly these sorts of awards is the truth that you’re nominated by your friends … It’s really those who do the identical factor as you.” Before that his friends honored him with an Oscar nomination for “Mary Queen of Scots” (2018). Now the tv academy could comply with swimsuit by giving him his first profession Emmy noms.
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