Holy matrimony! Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) is set to walk down the aisle during Reign‘s March 6 episode (9 p.m. on The CW). While we can’t tell you what happens at the altar, EW does have an exclusive look at the stunning regalia. “We wanted something spectacular but really tasteful,” says exec producer Laurie McCarthy. “It had to live in the world of someone who had 100 tailors at her disposal but who also was going to get married somewhat unexpectedly.”
Bridesmaids weren’t exactly a thing in the days of the French court, so instead of going for identical looks, Markworth-Pollack custom-designed the gowns to suit each girl’s style. But she stuck to a singular palette — dove grays and metallics — and had the same beaded fabric sewn into each gown. “It was a way to tie them together,” she says.
Costume head Meredith Markworth-Pollack commissioned Debra Moreland to custom-design the crown and veil for the regal occasion. The earrings are from BHLDN. “They’re one of my favorites,” says Markworth-Pollack of the bridal brand.
Designer Amanda Judge’s Untamed Petals crafted the bridal belt. “Viewers never know how extreme we’re going to go…by being a little more traditional we’re actually surprising them,” Markworth-Pollack says.
Once they settled on the delicate Chantilly lace gown, it required only one alteration: “We had to do some tucks at the bottom because of the dancing sequence,” Markworth-Pollack reveals.
Because of the boldness of the crown, the team went with an upswept coif for Kane. “Usually we see Mary with her hair down, but it’s so classic with her hair pulled back,” enthuses Markworth-Pollack. “I think it’s quite stunning.”
Red-carpet favorite Monique Lhuillier offered production 10 dresses for consideration, but when the team saw this spring 2012 Platinum Collection Catherine dress, it was no contest. “I knew this was the one,” Markworth-Pollack says. With its long sleeves and lace, the gown may evoke a certain other royal bride (paging Kate Middleton!), but the homage wasn’t intentional. “We wanted something that looked regal and beautiful but also elegant,” she explains.