After watching the first few episodes of Netflix’s The Crown, it’s clear that the show is rich in so many things, from scenery to costuming, to acting, but with only 10 episodes in the first season, it was over too fast, and it will be about another year before Season 2 is ready. But with The Crown, there are so many details and intricacies that are easily missed, watching Season 1 on Netflix a second time makes sense. That’s why The Crown is perfect binge-watching for the Thanksgiving holiday (at least until Gilmore Girls is released on Friday).
Peter Morgan, the creator of Netflix’s The Crown set out to make the story of the life of Queen Elizabeth an epic, and a piece of modern history that could be easily digested in a Netflix serial format, says the Inquisitr. Morgan wants to tell the full story without rushing it, and the best place to start seemed to be with the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Had the story started when Elizabeth rose to the throne, then viewers might not have understood all the bedlam that the abdication of King Edward VIII caused when his brother, King George VI, was forced to take the crown in his absence. Even after the death of Queen Elizabeth’s father, Edward VIII, and his wife, Wallis Warfield Simpson, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, continue to be a thorn in the side of the royals.
Especially in the United States, Queen Elizabeth is a little old lady, with a vast collection of hats, that enjoys the company of a pack of Corgis, but The Toronto Star says that the Netflix series The Crown shows Queen Elizabeth as a mother, a wife, a sister, and a daughter, at first ahead of being a queen. The Crown shows Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, practicing walking back and forth with the five-pound crown she will wear for her coronation, while her children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, toddle behind her. The stoic queen that we have come to know looks like a young woman playing dress-up.
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The Crown is the most expensive Netflix series yet, and it seems they got what they paid for, as the costuming, down to the pearls, shoes, and royal accoutrements, are spot on. Even the horses are adorned in beyond their Sunday best. So if fans of the series just spend the day bingeing to watch the costume changes, it is time well spent for a royal watching junkie.
The Daily Mail says that though Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill are amazing, the real stars to watch for are the 20,000 costumes in the first season alone of The Crown. Michele Clapton is one of the costume designers and dressers on the set of The Crown, and she is in charge of tightening Foy’s Queen Elizabeth into her corsets.
“She has a tiny 23 in waist little by little, I’d tighten it to give her that neat shape — though I did let her take it off to eat.”
Clapton, a designer out of Oxfordshire, says that 20,000 costumes is probably a conservative estimate, and the whole idea was overwhelming.
“It was a daunting prospect, she admits — and, with 293 speaking parts, 7,000 extras and a costume department of up to 100 people.”
Just to create a replica of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown cost over $40,000 to recreate. Clapton said she had to use fabric spray to age many fabrics to make them look older on-screen.
So, perhaps doing a binge round just as a twentieth century fashion show might be an option for the diehard viewer on a long holiday weekend.
Have you watched The Crown yet? What have you loved or hated?
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