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Fashion Diplomacy: A closer look at the wardrobe of “Red, White & Royal Blue”

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Casper Libero chapter.

In the cinematic industry, fashion usually plays a crucial role in presenting the personalities of the characters. The new film, Red, White & Royal Blue based on the novel by Casey McQuiston and directed by Matthew López, uses the style of the characters to represent their personalities and show how they changed during the story.

The fashion explores the lives and loves of its dynamic characters, including the First Son of the United States and the Prince of England. This delightful film not only captures the essence of a “forbidden” romance that brings a beautiful and modern love in addition to a battle against the prejudices that may change the future of their cultures but also showcases a stunning display of fashion moments.

The film’s wardrobe is selected and created by the costume designer Keith Madden who blends a contemporary style with timeless elegance, effectively conveying the characters’ personalities and social statuses. The fashion in this film not only celebrates diversity and inclusivity but also serves as a means of individual expression for characters from diverse backgrounds as their personal transformations throughout the narrative. Here we dive into the wardrobes of some characters from Amazon Prime Video’s newest LGBTQ+ romance.

More than just clothes

Alex Claremont-Diaz, portrayed by Taylor Zakhar Perez, exudes charisma and confidence as the First Son of the United States. His wardrobe effortlessly blends unique personal style with a touch of political elegance. Alex effortlessly transitions between two distinct styles in his life. In his personal realm, he wears casual yet meticulously fashionable outfits, a reflection of his free-spirited personality. In his political role, Alex opts for a more formal and elegant wardrobe, often incorporating casual elements.

For example, during the royal wedding, he wears a suit with an open shirt collar and no tie. As the story unfolds and his relationship with Henry evolves, Alex’s style undergoes subtle changes, as he integrates more elegant clothes into his daily and political life while maintaining his distinct personality.

Prince Henry Foxx, portrayed by Nicholas Galitzine, embodies the classic British charm and elegance. His wardrobe is a testament to his royal heritage and refined taste, composed of impeccably tailored suits, luxurious fabrics, and a neutral color palette (navy blue, black, white, and gray) that reflects his aristocratic background.

Henry’s outfits consistently exude formality and sophistication. Still, as his relationship with Alex deepens, he begins to introduce subtle touches of color, such as pink and light blue in his shirts and brighter colors in his choice of ties. While maintaining a basic style, he also opts for less formal clothes options in his daily life, favoring elegant shirts and casual wear for moments of relaxation, such as Alex’s hoodie.

Princess Beatrice, played by Ellie Bamber, embodies elegance and femininity within the British royal family. Her wardrobe is characterized by an array of light-colored, knee-length dresses with classic silhouettes and floral patterns. Beatrice’s style is refreshingly simple, with elegant simplicity and understated accessories. She consistently maintains a feminine aesthetic and is often seen with her hair neatly tied up.

Nora Holleran, portrayed by Rachel Hilson, brings elegance and authenticity to her outfits as a friend of the First Son and an employee of the President. Working within the White House, Nora strikes a balance between elegant attire and vibrant, fashionable choices that reflect her unique personality. She also wears different accessories that help to improve her fashion and sense of style.

In Red, White & Royal Blue, fashion isn’t merely a backdrop; it’s a language of self-expression, transformation, and connection. As we delve into the lives of these captivating characters, we see the power of fashion being used to symbolize their growth, from casual to elegant, traditional to modern, reflecting their journeys toward love and self-discovery. At the heart of the story, the film’s portrayal of fashion serves as a reminder that, among the politics and royal protocols, there is authenticity, acceptance, and love.

The article above was edited by Julia Bonin.

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Júlia Darú

Casper Libero '26

My name is Júlia Darú and I'm a journalist student at Casper Libero University.