Daniel Deronda (2002) short review


We love the BBC! An adaptation of George Eliot’s novel, this is a dark story about selfishness (and unselfishness), domestic abuse, Judaism, and REALLY GOOD BUSTLE DRESSES. Set in the early 1870s, Romola Garai as Gwendolen Harleth has SUCH GOOD CLOTHES IT’S OUTSTANDING. Jodhi May is wonderful as Mira, and Hugh Dancy is cute and earnest and sweet.


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.

3 Responses

  1. Madeleine

    This is a fabulous series! I would love to see a longer review of all the amazing outfits :)

  2. Diane in NYC

    Yes, this is an excellent movie, very well-done and I recall Romola Garai’s costumes as being very beautiful and perfect for her character. Hugh Dancy is cute and his acting is wonderful (you should check him out in the film The Jane Austen Book Club too – he’s adorable in it), but the best thing about Daniel Deronda is… A SINISTER HUGH BONNEVILLE WITH LONG HAIR! Yummy to look at but bad to the bone!!!