Fall Costume Movie/TV Show Trailer Fiesta!


Here are all the upcoming historical costume movies and TV shows for fall and winter that 1) have a release date and 2) have a trailer! Unscheduled and further out productions can be found on our Upcoming Movies page.

Indian Summers – September 27

1930s British colonialists in India. Showing on PBS:

A Royal Night Out – October

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret on VE Day. In US theaters sometime in October.

Legend – October 2

Tom Hardy as identical twin brother gangsters in 1960s London.

Home Fires – October 4

“A group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community living in the shadow of World War II.” Airing on PBS.

The Last Kingdom – October 10

TV miniseries set in Anglo-Saxon England. Airing on BBC America.

Crimson Peak – October 16

Gothic Victorian horror.

The Dressmaker – October 22

Kate Winslet, 1950s Australia, sewing machines.

Suffragette – October 23

Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter fighting for women’s suffrage in England.

Jekyll and Hyde – in Los Angeles, October 30

British TV show, supposedly showing just in Los Angeles (huh?) on 10/30. Don’t ask me.

Brooklyn – November 6

An Irish immigrant girl in New York.

Carol – November 20

Cate Blanchett as an older woman who falls in love with a younger woman in the 1950s.

Victor Frankenstein – November 25

Starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The Danish Girl – November 27

Eddie Redmayne as a transgender artist in the 1920s.

Macbeth – December 4

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the Shakespeare play.

In the Heart of the Sea – December 11

AKA Moby Dick.

Which ones are you most excited about?


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.

6 Responses

  1. Michael L. McQuown

    Speaking of history being sacrificed for drama (and patronage), the Scottish play is one big fat lie. MacBeth killed Duncan, who was a young man, in a field battle. Both on his wife’s side and his own he had a claim to the succession. (Her name is Gruoch, BTW). He ruled from 1040-1057 and was considered a good king in his day. Duncan the father of Duncan had violated the rule of succession by placing his son on the throne.

    • Sarah Lorraine

      The thing I love about Shakespeare is that historians have been bitching about how he sacrificed history in the name of a good story for centuries. I enjoy the mental image some disgruntled Jacobean historian sitting at his desk, writing scathing reviews for the broadsheets about how the newest production from that upstart playwright gets all the history wrong.


  2. Michael L. McQuown

    To be sure. James VIth/I claimed descent from Malcolm Canmore. What’s equally fascinating is the English view of the Italian courts of the time. If you look at some of the other playwrights of the Jacobethan era, they almost uniformly show the Italians as scheming, violent, licentious. Do you think they might have gotten that from the Borgias? Naaaah! Not really?

  3. Adina

    I haven’t watched crimson peak, but one thing bothers me about it.
    The film is supposed to be set in 1887, but Mia Wasikowska’s character always seems to be wearing gowns with gigantic puffed sleeves. These wouldn’t be popular until the 1890’s. I just don’t get why they couldn’t have just bumped the plot up a few years.

    • Anneke Oosterink

      The story starts in 1887, but then Edith (Wasikowska) is only a child. The story proper takes place 14 years later. Costume plays a pretty big role, actually, as the Sharpe siblings are no longer rich, they can’t afford new clothing. What they wear is pretty but old fashioned. All the rest of the cast has moved on in their fashions.