'Reign': A 'slightly different' artistic fashion blend fit for royalty

What's five centuries among friends? Especially when we're talking terrific fashion.In The CW's "Reign," the young Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) arrives in France for an arranged marriage to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). Their wardrobes befit young royalty, but rather than the strictures of 16th-century court wear, with stiff frills and angular silhouettes, the costumes are an artistic blend of modern and period.When costume designer Meredith Markworth-Pollack began working on the show, the idea was to create, "something slightly different to the costume dramas we had seen so far, especially because of the demographic of The CW, and bring in the element of contemporary fashion."There are a few edicts, though. No petticoats, no tights for men and no hip rolls for women. Fashionable in the Elizabethan era, hip rolls were essentially cushions worn at the hips to make the waist look smaller.Lady-in-waiting Greer (Celina Sinden) wears what Markworth-Pollack describes as "by no means exactly period. It...



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