TThe relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I has led to a series of filmic dramatizations. Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave and Samantha Morton have all decorated the screen as Mary, and Glenda Jackson, Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett have channeled their inner Elizabeth. Next, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie will cast the respective roles in a film directed by Josie Rourke, to be released in January for the UK.
On the other side of the pond, the New Yorkers were subjected to a preliminary investigation Mary Queen of the Scots a little earlier. Ronan and Robbie adorned the red carpet in ornate clothing that fans could read as an allusion to the epoch or simply as fabulous fashion.
Robbie chose a silver Chanel Couture Spring / Summer 2019 sequined and beaded dress with a high neckline and cut inserts from the same collection that is the subject of a forthcoming Netflix documentary. In the meantime Ronan plopped down for a Gucci spring / summer dress 2019 with dramatic ruffle sleeves and a beaded heart motif sewn onto the waistband. The choice of Alessandro Michele, the man who created a splendid gilded world at Gucci, as the designer of her look, also seemed to be a knowing choice for the showcase of a historical drama.
The beauty prospects of the actors – fresh face, with the hair pulled back from their faces – were far removed from the figures we will see on January 18th. It took three and a half hours a day to complete Robbie's make-up with prosthetics and eye-catching white complexion for her role as Virgin Queen.
Until then, there is another thematically similar retelling of Queen Anne's regency with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as two women fighting for the monarch's affection (Olivia Coleman) in London The favourite to look forward to. As the # TimesUp movement's awards season and anniversary approaches, it seems appropriate for these powerful women to dominate the screens and the actors who play them to stand on the red carpet at the same time.