Rumour has it the show is Netflix’s most expensive to date, costing around $130 million to make—with plenty of their budget having gone to the costume department.
From the luxurious wedding and coronation gowns to the more pared-down everyday apparel, their strong resemblances to the actual garments are extremely uncanny. It isn’t surprising at all, considering the amount of work and effort that have gone into making these outfits. The embroidery and beading on the replica wedding dress itself took six weeks to complete, and the core costume design team of 40 increased to 100 just to re-create the Royal Wedding.
EAST MEETS WEST
But The Crown isn’t Netflix’s only show putting heavy emphasis on costume work. Marco Polo, another Netflix Original, has featured 6,000 costumes and a hefty amount of accessories thus far. The period drama debuted in 2014, and takes viewers through Marco Polo’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan.
Due to the overwhelming number of characters in the show, costume designers Timmy Yip and Jo Korer had to use costume cues in order to differentiate each character. History books and films were even frequently referenced to ensure all costumes were made to look as authentic as possible.
Netflix’s Outlander—a historical drama set in 1743— contains less extravagant costumes, but much thought was put into each outfit. Inspired by the landscapes in Scotland, each ensemble reflects a piece of the character’s personality, and the ageing and dyeing team “attacked them with cheese graters, blowtorches, dyes, paints, sandpaper, and pumice stones” to create a worn look.
Interesting fact: Tartan plaids were passed down from generation to generation, usually starting as a kilt or a coat, before being made into a waistcoat and then a scarf or shawl.