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Fashion Style's of Reign Meredith Markworth Pollack
 
Fashion Style's of Reign Meredith Markworth Pollack
[[The CW|The CW’s Reign]], based loosely on the life of [[History's Mary, Queen of Scots|Mary, Queen of Scots]], has taken a decidedly modern approach to the retelling of this historic drama. And the costumes have played a huge part in this adaptation. Maddening to period purists, the show has purposely created a high-fashion hybrid, weaving in current fashion with historic styles. As a costume historian, I initially found it hard to settle into, as referenced by my first review after only one episode. However, I am thankful I took the time to revisit the show, plunging further into the storyline and costume journey. The show has proven an excellent fantasy hybrid, fascinatingly mixing period costumes for the background and older characters, but letting loose in reimagining the main and younger characters.
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[[The CW|The CW’s Reign]], based loosely on the life of [[History's Queen Mary Stuart|Mary Queen of Scots]], has taken a decidedly modern approach to the retelling of this historic drama. And the costumes have played a huge part in this adaptation. Maddening to period purists, the show has purposely created a high-fashion hybrid, weaving in current fashion with historic styles. As a costume historian, I initially found it hard to settle into, as referenced by my first review after only one episode. However, I am thankful I took the time to revisit the show, plunging further into the storyline and costume journey. The show has proven an excellent fantasy hybrid, fascinatingly mixing period costumes for the background and older characters, but letting loose in reimagining the main and younger characters.
   
 
I recently had the chance to talk with costume designer [[Meredith Markworth-Pollack]] about her process in desconstructing this period, and reimagining it for a new audience. She shares with us great insight, and is even forgiving of my initial judgments!
 
I recently had the chance to talk with costume designer [[Meredith Markworth-Pollack]] about her process in desconstructing this period, and reimagining it for a new audience. She shares with us great insight, and is even forgiving of my initial judgments!
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'''T/S:''' How did you first set about creating the visual costume language of the world of Reign in those early episodes?
 
'''T/S:''' How did you first set about creating the visual costume language of the world of Reign in those early episodes?
   
'''MMP:''' “I realized very quickly the way to blend the historical and contemporary was all in the palette and textures. I figured if the costume looked like it belonged, then most people wouldn't question it. I didn't want anything too bold or new looking that it would take you of the element. It was important to me in my process to start with the history. Still today when I am creating a new design, I like to start with a historical image and then tweak it to make it [[Reign]]. Once the pilot got picked up and I knew I was moving to Toronto, I spent the next couple of weeks researching and collecting tears. I made a board for everything. There was a Romantics board with the bohemian, Free People vibe. There was a Couture board with basically all [[History's Mary, Queen of Scots|Mary, Queen of Scots]], [[History's Catherine de' Medici|Catherine de Medici]], [[History's Diane de Poitiers|Diane de Portiers]], [[History's King Henry|King Henry II]], [[History's King Francis|Francis II]], etc. I pulled costumes first in Los Angeles at Warner Bros, Western and Palace. The women’s rentals were easy to come by, but I soon realized I had nothing for the men. I then jumped on a plane to Rome and went to Tirelli. I knew that was the best house for men’s costumes of the period. That was a dream. I was blown away, and as I walked in to the atelier they said "Oh you just missed Sophia Loren!" It couldn't have been more Italian. I didn't have time to go to Angels but we ended up renting quite a bit from there as well. We are so lucky in Toronto to have the ''Stratford Shakespeare Festival'' close by, and rent costumes from there. Toronto also has a thriving vintage scene and I loaded up on gowns, jewelry and shoes. I have shoppers in New York and Los Angeles sourcing fabrics for us as well. We constantly need new fabrics and I often order from [[Europe]] and India too.”
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'''MMP:''' “I realized very quickly the way to blend the historical and contemporary was all in the palette and textures. I figured if the costume looked like it belonged, then most people wouldn't question it. I didn't want anything too bold or new looking that it would take you of the element. It was important to me in my process to start with the history. Still today when I am creating a new design, I like to start with a historical image and then tweak it to make it [[Reign]]. Once the pilot got picked up and I knew I was moving to Toronto, I spent the next couple of weeks researching and collecting tears. I made a board for everything. There was a Romantics board with the bohemian, Free People vibe. There was a Couture board with basically all [[History's Queen Mary Stuart|Mary]], [[History's Catherine de' Medici|Catherine de Medici]], [[History's Diane de Poitiers|Diane de Portiers]], [[History's King Henry|King Henry II]], [[History's King Francis|Francis II]], etc. I pulled costumes first in Los Angeles at Warner Bros, Western and Palace. The women’s rentals were easy to come by, but I soon realized I had nothing for the men. I then jumped on a plane to Rome and went to Tirelli. I knew that was the best house for men’s costumes of the period. That was a dream. I was blown away, and as I walked in to the atelier they said "Oh you just missed Sophia Loren!" It couldn't have been more Italian. I didn't have time to go to Angels but we ended up renting quite a bit from there as well. We are so lucky in Toronto to have the ''Stratford Shakespeare Festival'' close by, and rent costumes from there. Toronto also has a thriving vintage scene and I loaded up on gowns, jewelry and shoes. I have shoppers in New York and Los Angeles sourcing fabrics for us as well. We constantly need new fabrics and I often order from [[Europe]] and India too.”
   
 
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