Cranford (2007) short review

An amazing cast (Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, and many more) round out this mixture of various Elizabeth Gaskell stories, all set in one rural English village in the early 1840s. Lots of different stories are interwoven (and done so very well). Incredibly well done, from script to casting to costumes… although while I really liked it, I can’t imagine I would want to watch it again (but that’s just a personal taste thing). I particularly liked the range of women’s costuming, with the older great lady in late 18th century costume (altho how old would she have had to be to be dressing 18th century? wouldn’t she have been more appropriate in Regency styles?), the older town ladies in very 1820s-30s styles, and the younger ladies in current 1840-41 fashions.


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.