In any tv show what a person wears can portray who they are as a character. In “Reign” the costume designer, Meredith Markworth-Pollack, wanted Mary and her ladies in waiting
to look like a painting together, and it really came down to palette, which was also an important key when kind of pitching what was going to be contemporary and what was not going to be contemporary.
“From the beginning I had this vision of [Mary] as two women: she’s the warrior queen and she’s the romantic. And I always feel like usually we embody both of those elements in her wardrobe, so if there’s a harsh or strong detail, it will be accompanied by something light and feminine. Sometimes it’s even just her hair which works into that. Something that pops to mind is this Alexander McQueen gown that we put her in in the second episode, that she wears when she meets Simon, the British lord…It’s this insane, beaded almost kind of armored gown, and with her hair down and soft, it kind of softened it up and made it a little more romantic and mysterious rather than just harsh. So I feel like that’s the balance usually with Mary.”