Angels and Insects (1995) short review

I’m not a huge A.S. Byatt fan, but you don’t need to be to appreciate this dark and rather twisted tale, set in the 1850s, of a scientific explorer who returns to England to stay with his patron and becomes enmeshed in the world of the Family (with a capital F) as well as the servants. Patsy Kensit and Kristin Scott Thomas are both amazing in their roles. The costume designer did an great job of subtly exaggerating the costumes so as to highlight their “insect”-y aspects.


About the author



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.