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Illustration by Holly Wiggins for The Market Herald

Regencycore: The Growing Trend Inspired by Bridgerton

After falling in love with the costumes, love stories and vintage royal aesthetic that defined one of Netflix’s most popular series Bridgerton, the highly-anticipated upcoming second season has prompted the resurgence of ‘regencycore’.

Drawing on the opulence of the Regency period, the increasingly popular aesthetic nods to the nine years in which the aristocracy flourished under George IV. From 1811 to 1820, the United Kingdom’s elite and ultra-wealthy upper-class enjoyed elaborate balls, tea parties and, in the fictional world of Bridgerton, salacious gossip dispensed by Lady Whistledown. And, of course, a never-ending wardrobe of brightly-coloured gowns and bejewelled accessories.

While the traditional gowns, bonnets and shawls worn throughout the lavish period have been left behind, the modern interpretation of Regency fashion is re-imagining corsets, lace gloves, puffy sleeves and ribbon for modern sartorial use.

And if the Pinterest stats are anything to go by, regencycore is making its come-back right in time for season two of Bridgerton this week. According to Pinterest’s research data, searches for formal puff-sleeve dresses have surged, alongside searches for antique necklaces, outfits with mesh gloves, soft royal aesthetic and ballet flats.

Of course, the recent popularity of waist-cinching corsetry, ruffled skirts and lace aren’t all down to the Netflix series- although, the upcoming season may or may not tempt me into buying gloves. Designers like Vivienne Westwood and Versace have long been creating 18th and 19th century inspired looks, and the recent Autumn/Winter fashion season brought plenty of ultra-feminine silhouettes and dainty accessories that play into both ‘balletcore‘ and regencycore.

However, it’s not just ‘soft regal’ fashion people are drawing inspiration from on Pinterest. Data also reveals that we’re looking to recreate our own luxurious afternoon tea parties with a decidedly vintage aesthetic- forget drinks at the bar wearing the usual jeans and a nice top.

Along with the scones and china sets, Pinners are also on the hunt for the antique 19th-century elegance seen throughout the sets of the show, prompting an increase in searches for royal blue velvet sofas, regency interiors and Victorian decorating ideas.

Watched by more than 80 million households across the globe, it’s little surprise that the glitz and glamour of Bridgerton infiltrated its way into fashion, design and even the way we catch up with friends after its release in 2020. Sure to fuel the Gen Z-driven trend of regencycore, the series’ second instalment is bound to bring plenty more stylish costumes and plenty more drama. Season two of Bridgerton comes out on Netflix in Australia this Friday.

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