Shondaland produced Netflix limited drama series – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story – premiered in Africa on Sunday 16th April 2023 at high tea on Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

This is a part of the global celebrations ushering in the six-part series set to begin streaming on Netflix on 4th May 2023. Recall that Bridgerton was the streaming giant’s most-watched show in South Africa and 82 other countries in 2021…

Graced by some of Africa’s most stylish stars from Nigeria to Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, this regal event saw the best of African creativity expressed in Britain’s vintage imperial fashion-inspired outfits, presenting us with classic looks fit for royalty, in keeping with the theme: high-society Bridgerton garden party with a hint of afro chic.

We saw various forms of drapings, superb corsets, multilayered skirts and even Victorian ball dresses brought forth in aspirational voguish expressions that would make Emmy Award-winning costume designer Ellen Mirojnick so proud of her amazing work on the movie costumes that inspired several of these looks.


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Written and produced by Shonda Rhimes, this series is a prequel spin-off about the much beloved Queen Charlotte – played by Guyanese-British actress Golda Rosheuvel. It also features the origin stories of fan-favourite characters, including Lady Danbury – a role reprised by renowned British actress Andjoa Andoh.

The young Lady Danbury is portrayed by a breakout star with roots in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa — Arsema Thomas.

Both Golda and Arsema were vibrantly present at this event and of course in the good company of Africa’s uber-stylish celebrities, actors, and influencers including Idris Sultan, Minnie Dlamini, Mercy Eke, Erica Ngozi Nlewedim, Swanky Jerry, Faith Nketsi, Bimbo Ademoye, Sbahle Mpisane, Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, Zola, Dineo Langa, Basetsana Kumalo, Catherine Kamau-Karanja, Blue Mbombo, Sharon Ooja Egwurube, Rami Chuene, Kunle Remi, Shudufhadzo Musiḓa, Lilian Afegbai, Brown Mbombo, Paballo Kgware, Fave, Gavin Rajah, Bafana Mthembu, et al: The Ton who gave the Queen, Lady Danbury and Lady Whistledown a fashionable afternoon to remember.

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