Not only is Queen Charlotte beloved for her masterful sleuthing and eagle-eye for the diamond of the season, but her looks are also iconic. Makeup and hair designer Marc Pilcher was thrilled to find out the queen was of African descent. He told Vogue, “I used the silhouettes of the period but in a celebration of her ethnicity, I used locks, braids and Afro-textured styles.” A strong, beautiful woman of color playing a royal? We love to see it. Queen Charlotte’s wigs quickly became a fan-favorite moment in each scene, with her hair seeming to grow higher and more regal with each passing episode.
Hair and makeup play a huge part in a character’s expression on screen, and Queen Charlotte is no exception. Each one of her looks tells us something significant about her background, her self-expression, and her interpretation of traditional fashion. Pilcher perfectly blends the Regency-era fashion with the glamor and significance of African hair.