Aristocrats (1999) short review

This miniseries falls into the trap, shared by many movies about real historical persons, of trying to cover too much in too little time.  The story is about four aristocratic sisters in mid- to late-1700s England.  Unfortunately there are definite age differences between the sisters, which means that we jump around trying to follow all four throughout their lives.  The usually great Jodhi May seems miscast in her role as Lady Sarah Lennox, although Geraldine Somerville and Anne-Marie Duff are (as always) fabulous.  The upside?  GORGEOUS costuming.  It’s worth sitting through (it’s not THAT bad) for the costumes alone.


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.