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1923's Julia Schlaepfer Explains How Her Wardrobe Reflects Alex's Evolution

By the Season 1 finale of "1923," a metamorphosis of sorts has happened with Alexandra, aka Alex (Julia Schlaepfer). No longer wearing shimmering, elegant dresses, elbow-length gloves, high heels, elaborate headbands and tiaras, she seems much more relaxed and free. Now wearing loose and flowing dresses and jackets with her wavy hair loose around her shoulders, she's happy and confident in her own skin. For Schlaepfer, her change in wardrobe over the course of the season signified Alex's own evolution.

"She's described as this very free spirit for that time period, but a free spirit and kind of a tomboy in that time wasn't what it is now. It's still very put-together because if she leans too much into this other kind of thing, it would be inconsistent with the etiquette that she grew up with," Schlaepfer told Reel School about Alex's transformation. "As the season goes on, you see her lose it more, and Janie Bryant, our costume designer, is brilliant. We shed pieces of her costume as she goes and gets more relaxed." For Schlaepfer, it was something she could relate to.

Schlaepfer loved the scenes when Alex got to relax

Like Alexandra, Julia Schlaepfer says she was "very girly growing up, but there was also a side of me that loves to just be grungy and dirty and that type of thing. And that type of thing is cool because you see that duality in her [Alexandra] as well." She went on to explain that the 'relaxed Alex' scenes she shared with Brandon Sklenar in Africa are her "favorite things to shoot because that's the way I am around my brothers and my family. Just like chill, and it's so fun to be dirty, and we were just rolling around in [the] African bush."

While fans are already starting to theorize that Alex's seasickness is a sign of something else — pregnancy — we also have new questions about the ending of Season 1 of "1923." Now that we know she's an heir to the throne, will she be the savior that pays off the lien Donald Whitfield (Timothy Dalton) put on the Dutton family home? With Season 2 already greenlit and Sklenar telling Esquire that his return to the Dutton ranch will be "a powerful homecoming," we look forward to Season 2's answers.