Couture Dresses We Will Be Seeing on Reign Soon

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Alright people, start placing your bets. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection and the Fall 2015 previews are up on Vogue UK, and mark my words, you’re going to see at least one of these outfits on Reign in the coming seasons.

 

Everyday Dresses

Split these up any way you want, I think we’re definitely going to see these gowns make it onto the show over the course of the next season. I can see Greer wearing this Reem Acra gown for some reason. Maybe it’s the blonde hair?

Reem Acra, Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Reem Acra, Fall/Winter 2014-2015

 

I can so see Mary in this Valentino gown:

Valentino, Fall 2015

Valentino, Fall 2015

Hell, I can see her in these other Valentino gowns as well:

Valentino, Fall 2015

Valentino, Fall 2015

Valentino, Spring/Summer 2015

Valentino, Spring/Summer 2015

Valentino, Spring/Summer 2015

Valentino, Spring/Summer 2015

The show should probably just be considered a big product placement ad for Valentino, honestly.

 

Pretty sure we’ve seen something not unlike this Jenny Packham ensemble on the show before. The wardrobe department seems to like the sweater + long full skirt combo:

Jenny Packham, Fall 2015

Jenny Packham, Fall 2015

 

Kenna, am I right?

Alice + Olivia, Fall 2015

Alice + Olivia, Fall 2015

 

Ah, Reem Acra. Nothing says Reign like a chiffon skirt paired with a bosom-bearing gold embroidered top.

Reem Acra, Fall 2015

Reem Acra, Fall 2015

 

Wedding Dresses Two and Three

Remember, Mary has a total of three marriages, meaning we get two more wedding dresses in the show, unless the show writers can’t be bothered to look up that fact. For Mary’s second wedding to Lord Darnley, I think we are going to see a continuation of her naive approach to matrimony. She’s young! She’s a princess! She’s marrying the handsome bisexual heir to the Lennox dynasty!  I think this gown, by Ralph + Russo shows a more mature ownership of her sexuality, abandoning the prudishness of her first wedding gown. It’s still white and princess-y, though.

Ralph + Russo, Spring/Summer 2015

Ralph + Russo, Spring/Summer 2015

 

For wedding three, we are going to see an older, wiser Mary as she marries the barbaric Earl of Bothwell. Is he her savior? Or is she his victim, bullied into marrying him out of the need for protection against the Protestant militants who took her second husband’s life? Mary is going down a treacherous path with this marriage, and she knows it, yet she feels she has no other alternative in her hostile Scottish court. This gown by Alexander McQueen is the sort of look I imagine her wearing for her late-night shotgun wedding to Bothwell.

Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2015

Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Mourning Gowns One and Two

Mary outlives all of her husbands which gives her a good excuse to go full-goth. For her first period of mourning, I think this little number by Alexander McQueen will pop up at least once. The show already has a preference for putting Mary in McQueen’s body-contouring gowns, which makes this black lace dress a no-brainer.

Alexander McQueen, Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Alexander McQueen, Fall/Winter 2014-2015

 

For mourning period two, Mary is away from France now, and back in her native Scotland where she is the sole ruler of an unruly kingdom. I see her as a tragic figure, gazing through a strip of black silk netting, the chill Scottish wind whipping at her black silk chiffon robe. Fortunately, Chanel knows what I mean and has kindly given us this gown. I will cry if it doesn’t make it into the show at least once.

ChanelSp2015_1

Chanel, Spring/Summer 2015

 

However, I want to see Mary pull out all the stops and go full blown diva. Widow’s weeds are getting old. She’s still hot, though, and she’s still queen (barely), and she’s fresh out of fucks to give. This black gown with chiffon cape by Alexander Vauthier captures this perfectly, I think.

Vauthier, Spring/Summer 2015

Alexander Vauthier, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Imprisonment

After a year married to Bothwell, Mary is forced to abdicate the throne of Scotland for being a royal pain the ass/Catholic. Mary hauls ass to the English border and begs her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, for protection. Elizabeth is only too happy to help, and by “help,” I mean “imprison Mary in a cold, dank castle in the middle of nowhere.” Mary passes the time by embroidering all the things, including this dress by Badgley Mischka.

Badgley Mischka, Fall 2015

Badgley Mischka, Fall 2015

 

Beheading

What, you didn’t know she was going to get her head chopped off? Well, sorry but there’s no spoilers in history. In real life, Mary wore a red kirtle to her execution, so I think the show is likely to pick something like this for maximum effect:

Alexis Mabille, Spring/Summer 2015

Alexis Mabille, Spring/Summer 2015

 

And yet, there’s a tiny part of me that hopes they’ll put her in something like this Valentino gown, because butterflies symbolize hope and the soul or some other uplifting bullshit like that:

Valentino, Fall 2015

Valentino, Fall 2015

 

Do you have an outfit for Barbie, Queen of Scots? Share it with us in the comments!

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Sarah Lorraine

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Sarah discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

5 Responses

  1. Dee

    Nah, if they put her in black mourning for Francis, there’s no way she’ll go to her execution in a red dress. Too close to actual historical facts!

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  2. allthingsja

    I absolute adore this show (and your blog) and I agree with you. You picked great gowns totally in sync with the show. My favorite oh-so-wrong but oh-so-good REIGN!

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    • allthingsja

      PS. Some people think that historical fiction and History is actually the same? Dee’s comment is funny though. LOL. I know lots of people that secretly love the show. Hahahaha!

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  3. Amoreena

    I usually watch the show with my encyclopedia and a notebook. I right down a name/event and fact check, somethings are right some wrong. Still love the show either way. I love historical fiction, speaking of which has anyone read Unknown to History: The Capitivity of Mary Queen of Scots? I can not remember the author’s name you can find it on ibooks (for free) such a good historical fiction. Only found it because I was suffering from “Reign withdrawals”. ♡

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  4. Christy Jenkins

    I know I’m a year late but I really needed to laugh today. Frock Flicks is my happy place.

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