A whole group of costume designers worked on the creation of the "Magnificent Century" series. The designers did not strive to accurately convey the style of the 16th century, their task was to impress the audience, and they definitely succeeded! Yes, the costumes do not correspond to what happened in reality, and rather resemble European clothes of the mid-18th century, but they look very impressive. One of the main female characters in the series is Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska, a concubine who became the wife of the Sultan and one of the most influential people in the Ottoman Empire. We decided to compare her outfits on the screen with those that were described by historians, and find out how Roxolana actually dressed in real life.
The costumes of the series Khyurrem Sultan had little in common with the real ones. There were no deep necklines, corsets, lacing and fitted dresses at that time. Women's and men's suits did not differ much and were similar in style. At the heart of the image is a loose long shirt to the waist with a small round neckline, under which they put on wide, baggy trousers - harem pants. To go outside, a woman had to put on a long loose dress on top, reminiscent of a robe or raincoat.
In order to attract the attention of the Sultan in such closed outfits, women in a harem had to go for tricks. They used embroidery and brightly colored fabrics to stand out from the competition. Most often, flowers were embroidered on clothes, especially tulips, which were a symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
The girls wore the brightest outfits on holidays. This gave them the opportunity to attract the attention of the Sultan and receive an invitation to follow him to his chambers. The brighter the fabric was, the more expensive it cost, so not everyone could afford outfits in saturated colors.
The Sultan's favorites enjoyed special privileges. He presented them with furs and adornments, with which they complemented their images, proudly demonstrating to others their special status and disposition of the ruler.
When the girl first went to the Sultan, she could be given state decorations and dresses. Moreover, the concubines had their own funds, which they could spend on new outfits. They were not allowed to go to the market, but vendors were allowed into the harem, who offered the girls fashionable clothing options.
Alexandra Anastasia Lisowska not only loved to dress brightly, but she herself was engaged in modeling. In the harem, she was the most luxuriously dressed woman and could afford very expensive jewelry and fabrics.
In a harem, girls did not have to wear a headscarf on their heads, and this gave them the opportunity to use their hair as a tool for seduction. They were carefully looked after to be long, thick and shiny. To decorate the hair, they used gold and silver threads, which were woven into the hair. The creators of the series did not deceive us - all the heroines appeared on the screen with luxurious, long hair gathered in neat styling.
Jewelry played an important role in the life of Ottoman women. They not only helped to demonstrate the status of their owner, but also attracted attention to her. The best Turkish jewelers worked on the jewelry in the series, who did not skimp on precious stones. According to rumors, the cost of jewelry made for the filming of the series was $ 1.5 million.