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IST 605: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story - Fashion

Adding historical context to the costume design in "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story."

Librarian in Training

Shelby Spaulding

Historian, Historic Costumer, MLIS student




Sparkly, sexy, and loosely historical, Netflix and Shonda Rhimes’ 2020 release: “Bridgerton” took the internet by storm. Three years later, the much-anticipated prequel series “Queen Charlotte” portrayed the fictionalized love story of Queen Charlotte and King George III of England with similar glitz. Known for its design, the prequel series delivered on the promise for glitter and flash, but while the Hollywood-ization of the Eighteenth Century setting may have awed the audience, the costuming took its liberties with the styles of the period.

For those who spent the runtime of “Queen Charlotte” wondering whether the Queen really wore ensembles so tightlaced and jewel-encrusted that she feared for her life, this guide offers insight into the reality of the popular dress during the reign of King George III. Utilizing a variety of resources from print to museum collections, researchers will be able to view images of extant garments from the era, including breakdowns of their construction and materials. The most hardcore fans - of either the show or the era - can also find resources to take this knowledge of fashion history and translate it into recreating their own versions of 18th-century clothing, using the accompanying links to patterning and fabric sources.

Getting Started


  • Eighteenth Century (alternatively: 18th Century, 1700s, 18th Cen.)
  • Fashion (alternatively: costume, dress, fashions, style, clothing)
  • England (alternatively: Britain, English, British, United Kingdom)
  • Queen Charlotte (alternatively: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen Charlotte of England)

Places to search:

  • Local library (either in-person, through a librarian request, or online)
  • Search engine (Google, DuckDuckGo, Bing, etc.)
  • University library (if applicable)
  • Museum websites (collections pages)

TIP: Check the citations and footnotes in source documents to find additional resources.



Musuem Collections