Watch TheWrap’s full Q&A with Sophie Canale and Erika Ökvist at this hyperlink.
After working intently with one another all through “Bridgerton” Season 2, it was solely becoming that costume designer Sophie Canale realized she was nominated for an Emmy from hair and make-up designer — and fellow nominee — Erika Ökvist.
“I really came upon via Erika calling me, which was a beautiful shock,” Canale, who’s up for the Outstanding Period Costumes award for Episode 207, “Harmony,” stated throughout TheWrap’s screening collection, that includes the “Bridgerton” group. “And it was simply so good for us to each to have that dialog collectively.”
“Yeah, I used to be so completely happy,” Erika, who obtained a nom for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling for the Season 2 finale – “The Viscount Who Loved Me” added. “I used to be so completely happy as a result of I used to be on set. And Annie Laks [senior vice president of creative content] from Shondaland phoned me and was like, ‘Hey, I feel – yeah, you might be. You’re nominated for an Emmy.’ I used to be in the group tent and I simply screamed out, however I did it in Swedish and no one understood what I stated. And then I sort of collected my ideas and I seemed it up. And I used to be like, ‘Oh, and Sophie as properly!’ So I simply phoned her like actually inside seconds of discovering out myself.”
Canale and Ökvist had been heads of their respective departments in Season 2, the primary on the present for each of them (Canale was an assistant costume designer in Season 1, and Ökvist joined “Bridgerton” for Season 2). With the challenges of the ever-expanding “Bridgerton” world, that additionally included introducing the crucial Sharma household, who’d traveled to London for the season from India, there was limitless work. Luckily, the ladies discovered they had been on the identical web page with many concepts.
“Erika and I met early on in prep. As quickly as Erika was on board, I used to be sharing costume concepts and costume designs,” Canale stated. “And Erika and I’ve obtained a really comparable eye in the best way of design, and it was very simple for us to collaborate with each other. It was actually nice enjoyable. Immediately we simply sort of clicked.”
When the Sharmas – Kate (Simone Ashley), Edwina (Charithra Chandran) – made their debut, they did so harmoniously. Elder, strong-willed sister Kate usually opted for wealthy purples and lavenders, whereas the youthful Edwina leaned into creamy whites and pinks. Those decisions helped to indicate how they labored collectively, whereas additionally “symbolizing who they’re as folks,” Canale stated.
“[Kate is] such a drive of nature herself, she’s such a robust character that I needed her to be daring initially. You might see [it] in her colour decisions,” she defined. “And then with Edwina, she’s a lot softer as a personality and having her in pinks is the colour of affection. And that actually is her journey and that’s the place she desires to be.”
Ökvist additionally discovered methods to include not solely the characters’ personalities, however how they grew in the course of the eight episode season, via their hairstyles. Kate started as a “very no nonsense character” Ökvist famous, who braids her personal hair to exit driving. She was prim and correct, with each hair in place when she attended social occasions. Then, as Kate fell in love with Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), her hair appears softened.
For the Queen Charlotte character, although, Ökvist at all times went for giant and daring wigs. When the queen entered any scene she was in, Ökvist noticed her job as ensuring Charlotte, performed by Golda Roshuevel, was observed.
“I’d prefer to shock all people after we see her. I’d prefer it to be a wow issue each time that we see her,” she defined, including that she labored laborious to be sure that Charlotte’s wigs had been “seamless with the costume” and jewellery.
“So, for example, in the Diamond Ball, which is one among my favourite wigs, I needed to create a form that you just haven’t essentially seen in a Georgian wig earlier than,” Ökvist stated of her inspiration. “And so the architectural construct of it clearly is kind of essential as a result of hair could be very, very heavy.”
“How Golda really managed to hold it off, I don’t know,” Ökvist added. “But she has developed this unimaginable glide, the place it appears easy to put on these wigs that are completely each uncomfortable and scorching and extremely heavy.”
In the Season 2 finale, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” which is the episode Ökvist obtained a Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling nomination for, Roshuevel’s Queen Charlotte attends the (*2*) ball sporting a fully gorgeous wig. And in the event you look intently on the element, you’ll see that throughout the wig’s peak, the hair has been molded into rose-like shapes.
“I feel that with hair, you’ve solely obtained like two textures: one is clean and one is curly. And it may be very curly or just a bit bit curly, and I simply thought I wish to have one other texture as a result of [the] digital camera loves very wealthy textures,” she stated. “So we determined that we had been going to kind of line the entire of the wig with roses that had been made out of hair. And the way you make them could be very time consuming.You really begin with a braid, would you consider it or not? And you then sort of pull the braid with merchandise and do petal by petal. So as you possibly can think about – I feel she had about 50 roses in her hair, and then that took fairly a very long time.”
The episode Canale obtained a Outstanding Period Costumes nomination for – 206, “Harmony” – featured so many costumes, it might be laborious to estimate simply what number of. There had been robes, cravats, waistcoats, spencers, cloaks, reticules and hats wanted for a ball, an artwork gallery exhibit, and the second when the Bridgerton household and the Sharmas each selected to promenade (stroll) in the park among the many ton after Anthony’s failed marriage ceremony to Edwina Sharma.
“I actually needed to sort of convey this factor of outside to Season 2, so spencers – little jackets – I used numerous pashminas as properly simply to sort of give this factor and additionally to maintain folks heat as properly,” Canale stated. “And reticules – luggage – had been very key to the costume design.”
Watch the total Q&A with Canale and Ökvist from “Bridgerton” right here.