Frock Flick Free-for-All April


You asked for it, so here’s an occasional open thread to bitch about anything tangentially related to history, costume, movies, or TV shows! Or whatever else is on your mind right now. Note that URLs are automatically held for moderation, but most anything else goes as long as you’re not bitchier than we are!

We’re scrounging around for news from upcoming frock flicks, but there’s SO LITTLE out there. Seriously, 32 features have “2018” without a specific date on our upcoming movies list. It’s super-frustrating! Here’s an unsatisfying pic from Liv Tyler’s Instagram — she’ll be on the cast of Harlots, season two, whenever that starts.

Liv Tyler, Harlots (2018)


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30 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    And I’m so looking forward to seeing season 2 of Harlots.

    But I want to gnash my teeth for the paucity of period frock flicks due out in 2018 with release dates. Maybe we should sick Darth Vader onto the studio ptbs (powers that be) for more info.

    Then there’s the remakes of Little Women (why not Little Men by same author) & Howard’s End. I’ll probably be watching both but I know you’ve wrote on what they could make instead of rehashing the same old same old, but what about the biopic on say Klimt, both Worth’s father and son, and all 4 Callot Soeurs sisters?

      • Susan Pola Staples

        Or they rehash beautiful classics and turn them meh.

    • Emily

      I noticed in the promo photos for Little Women that hair pins have mysteriously gone missing from the March girls’ boudoirs….

      • Susan Pola Staples

        I saw the same thing, too. Maybe patriotic Northern women turned in their pins for the ‘war effort’? 😇 .
        I’ll give the younger two sisters a pass on not wearing their hair pinned up due to age but Jo & Meg should have their hair pinned up. And Amy, too when she gets older.

    • Frannie Germeshausen

      Wha the wha? How amazing is that? What style/era of dress?

    • Susan Pola Staples

      Which Klimt painting is it based on and where did you get it?

        • Lucinda Gibson

          I am a quilter. Robert Kaufman Gustav Klimt quilting cottons available widely at quilt and fabric shops and online. Many color ways and several panels. Saw them at my local and am very tempted!

        • Susan Pola Staples

          I’m in the States and the shipping probably would be outrageous as Frumble is based in England, but I saw them online and gorgeous.

          Will have to be on lookout for something similar in US.

  2. Janette

    I am kind of looking forward to watching Troy but expecting it to be a big disappointment. Homer GOT style. In the meantime I am consoling myself for the lack of new frock flicks by rewatching old favourites. Currently doing the long haul with The Pallisers. Ah the costumes. One of Glencora’s early dresses is inspired by a Worth gown I noted. Still in the fifties early sixties so lots of frothy pastels but soon to reach the bustle era, my favourite. Lots of costumey goodness to look forward to. .

  3. Nzie

    I just watched a behind-the-scenes on Little Women “The World of Little Women” on YouTube. On the one hand, some of what they say seems like a lot of care was taken, and also I felt like they may well have respected the source material (rather than try to remake it in their own ideas as much). I also think they did avoid overdoing the make-up. On the other hand, there is still insufficient hairpins (one person says they aren’t afraid of flyaways…). I’m also wondering about the decision to do petticoats only (no hoops).

    I also have to say the side of me that is still salty they didn’t film in or near Concord had the sarcastic thought of whether they could possibly get all the details they said they were paying so much attention to correct when in a 4 minute video only one person actually pronounced the name Concord correctly (Mr. March) (that second o is a schwa in both MA and NH Concords).

    But my peevishness aside, would love to hear what others think about the behind the scenes look, especially the dresses (also one quick glance showed parts of skirts tied up on the sides—what is that?). First episode will air May 13th I think.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I watched a 1-hour ‘making of / behind the scenes / preview’ show on PBS & I’m still meh on the Little Women remake. Yes, a lot of time was spent, care taken, but it still doesn’t feel necessary to me. The costumes seem generally appropriate to the period, the hair seems a bit too wispy, & I’m sure the acting is very solid but meh I say, meh.

  4. Brandy Loutherback

    At least the costumes in The Howard’s End remake look generally appropriate to the period! So 0.5 points in it’s favor at least, Still doesn’t seem necessary as people who are curious can check out the exquisite 1992 version from their library! I’m wondering if they’ll sex it up. It is Starz after all. it has the reputation of being a soft core porn channel!

  5. Bronwyn M Benson

    It’s not a flick yet, but will be premiering on PBS soon, so I’m asking about it… Have any of you read The Chaperone? ( It’s going to star Elizabeth McGovern.) I was just reminded of it when reading the review of the 2007 War & Peace and the comment about the corset. Throughout the book she keeps going on about her corset being uncomfortable and how it’s hard to breathe and the welts she gets from it… And I was just getting so annoyed by it and figured you all would have Thoughts on that.