The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006) short review

A fictionalized account of the life of Mrs. Beeton, who was something of the Martha Stewart of her generation (she published a guide to cooking and household management that was hugely popular). A little sweet and a little sad, not hugely memorable but not offensive. The costuming (1850s) was nice but nothing made me gasp.


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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