It feels like everyone is bingeing Hulu’s rather free-with-the-facts version of Catherine the Great’s story The Great. If you haven’t read our review of the season, you can catch it here but the short version is as follows: The Great lives up to its name, based heavily on the performances of its two leads, Elle Fanning as the titular character and Nicholas Hoult, in an Emmy-worthy turn as her horrible husband Tsar Peter III. But the series is also … well, great for another reason: the absolutely drop-dead gorgeous costume design of Emma Fryer, who painted a gorgeous canvas of color, texture, and the kinds of meticulous attention to detail that is the hallmark of all good period costume design. This isn’t an analysis of the semiotics or anything like that. We’re far from experts on this time and place and besides, Fryer gave a very good rundown and explanation of the various themes and motifs she deployed. We urge you to read it to get confirmation of something we’ve been saying for a decade now: good costume design is more deliberate and tells more of the story than you think. Or you could just scroll down and drink in all the gorgeousness without fussing behind the meaning of it all. We’re not here to judge you, darling.
[Photo Credit: Hulu]
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