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Bridgerton: Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan have fun in the third season

  • By Noor Nanji
  • Cultural journalist

Legend, Colin and Penelope’s relationship is at the center of the third season of the Netflix historical drama

Bridgerton is back, with all its glamorous outfits, glittering ballrooms and of course, chatty aristocrats.

The third season of Netflix’s historical drama focuses on the relationship between Penelope Featherington, played by Nicola Coughlan, and her longtime crush, Colin Bridgerton, played by Luke Newton.

But away from stories of love and lust, fans might also notice a change in the two stars’ appearance.

They underwent a “glow,” Bridgerton costume designer John Glaser told BBC News.

He said that during seasons one and two, Penelope was “young and insecure” and was forced by her mother to wear bright yellows and greens.

Legend, Nicola Coughlan’s character Penelope moves away from the yellows in the new season

But in the third season, she becomes more independent and begins wearing colors like dark emerald green, as well as more muted tones. “It’s as opposite as it gets.”

“We also changed her body shape to make her more mature, sexier and less childish,” adds Glaser.

Meanwhile, the initial idea regarding Colin was that he should be “younger” than his two older brothers, “so we kept his colors younger,” says Dougie Hawkes, associate costume designer on Bridgerton.

But for the new season, Colin has just returned from his summer travels across Europe.

“He comes back as a man, so the color shift from the boy to the dominant male force… was a radical transformation,” says Hawkes.

As a result, Colin, who wore paler shades like baby blue in previous episodes, is this time seen in much more striking hues, like navy blue and brown.

His clothes also allow for more movement and more swagger, according to Glaser.

Legend, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, seen here with his on-screen sister Hyacinth (Florence Hunt)

Based on the series of novels by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton is set in the world of high society Regency London and centers around the influential Bridgerton family.

The tale is narrated by the mysterious Lady Whistledown, who regularly writes newsletters filled with chatter about the amorous exploits of high society. Everyone reads her knowledgeable takes with fascination – but no one knows who she is. At the end of the first season, her identity was revealed to be Penelope.

In the final season, Penelope appears to have given up on her hopes of romance with Colin. But she has decided she needs to find a husband and is trying to put herself on the marriage market.

Colin is discouraged to see Penelope giving him the cold shoulder and therefore offers to help her in her quest for a husband in order to regain her friendship.

Legend, Shonda Rhimes brought Bridgerton to the screen for Netflix via her production company Shondaland

Shonda Rhimes, the woman who brought Bridgerton to the screen, called Penelope’s wardrobe “extraordinary” this season.

“So many times I found myself stopping to really examine her dresses because they were so exquisitely made and they were so perfectly made for her,” Rhimes said in press materials for the show . “It’s really beautiful.”

Penelope has had “an amazing journey,” Rhimes continued, adding, “I’ve always loved Penelope’s character. The idea of ​​her hiding this whole secret life amazes me.”

“And what I think is great is we’re watching her come into her own this season. She’s really trying to come into her own, she’s starting to stand up for herself and she’s understanding what it means to be Lady Whistledown. I think, for her, It’s a wonderful journey.”

But Rhimes said Colin is also going through an evolution.

“I feel like we’re seeing Colin grow up this season. He’s always been very childish and this season he’s becoming a man in many ways,” she said.

“He’s been abroad, he’s learned some things, and he comes back with a new attitude, but that attitude is really tested as his feelings for Penelope grow.”

Legend, The Bridgerton family is at the center of the series

On social media, fans praised Penelope’s new look.

“Penelope looks like a princess in these blue and green dresses,” one Instagram user wrote.

“This dress, these colors, so beautiful on her,” said another.

Coughlan, who plays Penelope, said the transformation had been “amazing” for her. “It really makes you feel completely different when you play,” she said.

“In season one, I remember the late, great (Bridgerton makeup artist) Marc Pilcher telling me that the notes they had on Penelope were that she was nerdy, and I completely made peace with that But after two seasons, it was so nice to finally be able to wear flattering clothes, and it really helped the character.

“She has to gain confidence, and that helped me gain confidence as well.”

Legend, Many Bridgerton scenes feature ballrooms

Newton, who plays Colin, also enjoyed his character development.

“He’s matured, he’s grown, he’s looking for purpose. His style has changed, his confidence has changed, he’s got that element of swagger now,” he said.

He described the last two years as “a crazy journey” since he found out he and Coughlan were going to be frontrunners in season three.

“Finding out that we were going to do our love story and focus on our book was a really special moment,” he said.

Showrunner Jess Brownell said that makeovers are “a huge trope in the romantic comedy genre.”

She compared Penelope’s transformation in season three to the iconic moment in the 1999 film She’s All That, where Rachel Leigh Cook walks down the stairs in a red dress and is instantly popular and beautiful.

But she warned that even if Penelope gets a makeover, it doesn’t necessarily have the impact she thought it would.

“Sure, her lemon-colored dresses aren’t the best, but there’s a much bigger inner journey to take,” she said.

Hair, makeup, and costume design have become integral parts of the Bridgertonverse.

Fashion historian Jane Walton described the costumes as “wonderfully OTT”.

“Fashion is used to represent characters, which is a good thing in drama,” she told BBC News.

She said period dramas like Bridgerton helped get young people interested in history, as well as Regency era fashion.

“The Regency vibe was quite risky, tacky, they liked to show off their figures,” she said. “The fashion from that era still has influence today. It’s a style that comes back again and again.”

So, can Bridgerton viewers expect more outrageous outfits in season three? Costume designer Hawkes says yes.

“(The show) introduced it, then took it out, then reintroduced it. Certainly in season three, I think viewers will see the return of the sassy Regency era,” he said.

“It was a pretty debauched time.”

The first part of the third season of Bridgerton is now available on Netflix. The second part will be released on June 13.

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News Source : www.bbc.com

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