Cover Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma (L), Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma (R) in Bridgerton (Photo: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

The beloved Netflix show is back with another season, and the Sharma sisters take the "ton" by storm wearing costumes and accessories with plenty of South Asian references

The beauty of the Netflix number one show Bridgerton resides not only in the exquisite costumes, grand manors and tranquil landscapes, but also the multicultural casting that deviates from the white characters in the original books by Julia Quinn.

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Producers Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen understand the power of representation, and season one gave us the Zimbabwean British Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings and Guyanese British Golda Rosheuval as Queen Charlotte, among others. It’s refreshing to see people of colour hold high positions in period dramas, and season two continues to delight.

The new plot revolves around the Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his relationship with the Sharma sisters, Kate and Edwina, portrayed by the Tamil British Simone Ashley and Indian British Charithra Chandran, respectively.

From the trailer alone, fans have expressed their excitement about the South Asian actresses capturing the essences of their book counterparts, with Chandran conveying Edwina’s innocent beauty that makes her so desirable, while Ashley gets Kate’s pragmatic and sharp sensibility right on the nose.

It’s evident that we’ll see plenty of Indian details in clothing, accessories and scenes—for example both Kate and Edwina sport earrings influenced by jhumka, which resemble bells, and generally wear more gold and colourful jewels as done in South Asian cultures.

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Bridgerton. Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022
Above (Photo: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

Edwina wears pale pastel colours much like the other ladies in society to reflect her purity, whereas Kate gravitates more towards jewel tones to indicate that she’s set herself apart from the group. This also serves a second purpose—to mirror the bold colours often worn during Indian festivities and bring a fresh colour palette to the screen.

Indian inspired prints also feature in many of the garments, with paisley patterns and gold woven jacquard worked into Regency era clothing. While intricate floral embroidery makes an appearance on most women’s gowns, Edwina’s dresses feature designs akin to marigolds, jasmine and hibiscus flowers, rather than the blooms from English gardens.

Finally, the snippet from the trailer that has viewers the most excited is what appears to be a haldi ceremony, a turmeric ceremony that is held before Indian weddings. Traditionally, turmeric and oil are rubbed into the skin of the bride and groom to bless them before the wedding and ensure radiant skin. Although it’s unclear if the Viscount will partake in this practice, we see Kate and her mother holding Edwina’s hands in preparation for a big day, all wearing a shade of vibrant orange resembling the spice.

If that’s what we’re getting from film stills and a trailer, we cannot wait what else the season has to offer when it comes out on March 25.

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