The Crown, Netflix’s new show about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, is their most expensive show to date ($150 million!!), so you should 100 percent expect amazingly over-the-top jewellery!
The streaming giant’s latest binge-able series launches an ambitious plan to chronicle the British monarch’s life with six 10-episode seasons — the first starting in 1947 with a 21-year-old, just-married Elizabeth (Claire Foy), the dynamics — as a young female monarch — with an aging Prime Minister Winston Churchill (and a government full of crusty old men) and relationship with her younger sister Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), who wants to marry a divorced man. (Keep in mind, Elizabeth’s father became King after his brother, Edward, abdicated to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.)
The show’s massive costume department could have relied on vintage items for Queen Elizabeth’s circa 1940s and ’50s clothes, but designer Michele Clapton chose to work with a team of over 50 people to painstakingly custom-make almost every piece—down to the shoes. The result? Hundreds of bespoke costumes, many of which are fitting for a literal queen.
As for jewellery, the headpieces and royal jewellery are also meant to be exact or near matches to the real deal.
The brooches she wears are particularly stunning. There’s one when Prince Charles was born — it’s a bouquet of flowers — and we can see her wearing that now. There is a little disappointment though on Episode 2, where we can take a look at her engagement ring that is nothing like the real one.
Elizabeth’s style also communicate the contrast in personality and responsibilities between the more conservative Queen and her fun-loving and more fashion-forward sister, Princess Margaret.
Last but not the least, another eye-catching character is Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Besides causing a crisis in the British monarchy, the socialite assembled an extraordinary jewellery collection. A famous sale of her collection in 1987 achieved a record 31m – six times the total expected. The show also gives us a glimpse at it :
“The Crown” premieres on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 4 2016.