If Netflix’s “Bridgerton” wasn’t enough indication of Regencycore’s influence on fashion, the trend has now found its way to Broadway. Since the release of the British musical ‘Six’, based in 15th century England, the show has become a global sensation in its own right – and we’re guessing the elaborate costumes have something to do with the widespread appreciation of the show. A modern account of the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives in the form of a pop concert, the play focuses on each queen, who sings her story with a unique look.
Costume designer Gabriella Slade married the worlds of pop and Tudor to create the costumes for “Six.” Slade, who is a master of opulent costumes, drew inspiration from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Hampton Court Palace, as well as Alexander McQueen’s Met Gala highlighted designs.
The queens channel some of the world’s biggest names in pop culture. For Catherine of Aragon, who was a more traditional queen, Slade started with a Tudor cutout piece with a bodice and square neckline that matched the era. “There are also a lot of Spanish influences in her dress,” Slade told Variety. “If you look at Beyoncé’s aesthetic, you’ll see there’s a lot of black and gold fashion pieces,” she added, referring to the Queen’s celebrity style connection.
Meanwhile, Katherine Howard’s pink and purple look channels a modern-day Ariana Grande, who memorably wears a pink miniskirt in her “No Tears Left to Cry” video.
Catherine Parr’s mature and modest look is heavily influenced by R&B singer Alicia Keys. “She had leggings on, but we also gave her big shoulders, which for me made for a powerful figure for her,” Slade said.
As if the influence of pop culture’s biggest stars wasn’t big enough, Slade opted to have each character’s shoes made with Swarovski crystals. Judging by her groundbreaking work for “Six,” Slade is clearly a customer to watch, and we predict she’ll take the industry by storm following her Broadway recognition.
Ahead, check out some of the behind-the-scenes details she shared on Instagram.