Historical Costume Movie/TV Trailers: How Is It October Already?


We’re always trying to track what historical costume movies and TV shows are coming up. We’ve got the fall/winter trailer deluge upon us, so there’s all sorts of eye candy! As always, you can keep an eye on what’s forthcoming on our Upcoming Movies page!



The Happy Prince

Rupert Everett writes, directs, & stars in this Oscar Wilde biopic; Maurizio Millenotti and Giovanni Casalnuovo designed the costumes.


Versailles Season 3

The final season! Looks like nobody ages, and we’re never going to get historically accurate wigs, sigh.



Outlander Season 4

American colonies, here we come! This is the last season to be costume designed by Terry Dresbach.


The Outlaw King

Scotland’s Robert the Bruce. Apparently we get to see Chris Pine’s willy.


At Eternity’s Gate

Willem Dafoe as painter Vincent Van Gogh during his time in Arles. Rupert Friend and Oscar Isaac co-star.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

More 1920s Harry Potter, with more Eddie Redmayne!


Robin Hood

Because we need another one? The costumes look like modern WTFery.


The Favourite

Late 17th century, Queen Anne of England, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, costumes by Sandy Powell. I will be ALL OVER THIS.



Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Margot Robbie as Elizabeth, a whole lot of shitty costumes by Alexandra Byrne. Trystan and I are already plotting a podcast. Expect ranting.


Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt as Mary in the 1930s; more Sandy Powell costumes.


Holmes and Watson

Will Ferrell as Sherlock, John C. Reilly as Watson. My inner 15-year-old boy can’t WAIT!


Early 2019


The 1819 Peterloo massacre, in which British troops fired on peaceful protesters. Costumes by Jacqueline Durran.


No Release Date

The Aspern Papers

Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson star in this Henry James adaptation set in 1885 Venice.


The Current War

Someday this Benedict Cumberbatch/Thomas Edison movie will get released? Maybe? It could happen?


In Like Flynn

Actor Errol Flynn’s early days in Australia.


Mademoiselle Paradis

A blind pianist in 18th-century Vienna.


The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

An advertising executive jumps back and forth in time between 21st-century London and 17th-century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.


One Nation, One King aka Un Peuple et Son Roi

The French Revolution from the people’s point of view. Costumes by Anaïs Romand.


Vanity Fair

A British TV miniseries (which aired in the U.K. already) with costumes by Lucinda Wright.


Vita and Virginia

The love affair between authors Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.


The Woman in White

Yet another adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ classic gothic novel (which played in the U.K. already).



Which historical costume movie or TV trailer has you most excited?


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.

23 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Mahon

    I saw The Favourite at the New York Film Festival and did not disappoint. I’m looking forward to Vanity Fair (I’ve seen almost every other version). I hope that you guys review Colette. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the costumes. I personally loved the movie.

    • Jillian

      How was it in terms of animals? I’ve heard things about Yorgos Lanthimos and his movie The Lobster, so as much as I would like to see this movie, I’m hesitant…

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I’m so annoyed that Colette is showing at NO theaters near me! I’d have to go an hour away, & I haven’t had the time to do so (I’d do it for the blog but my real life is nuts right now, sorry, folks). Same w/The Happy Prince, which is killing me, I know it won’t be shown in my vicinity :(

  2. Nzie

    I had thought Outlaw King was out—it was slated for last month but maybe they’re doing some recuts given iffy reviews?

    Definitely looking forward to The Favourite. Disappointed that MQoS has great actresses and yet looks a mess. Also, working theory: Robin Hood really takes place in the Star Wars universe; the costumes look more like SW costumes than history..

    • Trystan L. Bass

      It premiered at some festivals but hasn’t been widely released yet. Same w/The Favourite — lots of film festival showings & reviews.

  3. India

    It’s interesting apropos ‘The Favourite’ that you only mention Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone whereas over here in the UK it’s all about Olivia Coleman. I haven’t seen her in this yet but she’s never not fabulous.

    • Nzie

      I love Olivia Coleman! Sadly she’s not as well known here in the States—yet. But I think with the popularity of The Crown that will change. I got to “know” her through youtube clips of Mitchell & Webb, and then she was just fantastic in The Night Manager. I think she’ll be a brilliant QEII. And her ability to do both serious and comedic work looks like a great match for The Favourite. Of the 3 stars, she’s the one with the least International recognition right now, but she’s actually the one I am most interested in.

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    Gotta go with The Happy Prince, The Favourite, Madamoiselle Paradise, The Aspern Papers and Vita and Virginia, not to mention the Freddy Mercury Queen movie of which I saw a trailer
    It’s awesome!

  5. broughps

    Outlander is the only must see. The rest – if I get to them I get to them.

  6. Jillian

    At Eternity’s Gate looks good, but Van Gogh was 37 when he died. Willem Dafoe is in his early 60s. He’s too old to play him.

  7. Hillary

    I’m most looking forward to “At Eternity’s Gate”! Casting Willem Dafoe (though he is indeed much older than Van Gogh was at the time) is perfect casting, as he looks just like him, and is such a good and adaptable actor.

    And, in spite of my better judgement and usual insistence upon historical accuracy, I’m actually looking forward to “Robin Hood”. I’ve seen another trailer in which the characters use modern/futuristic technology, so to me this version takes place in a futuristic Dark Age, if that makes sense. I find the concept interesting, so I’ll give it a shot.

  8. Hilary

    Oh gosh, those costumes in Robin Hood…. is it modern or not?! You can’t have both people.

  9. lesartsdecoratifs

    It’s funny to see Céline Sallette switching sides on the French Revolution with a character named “Reine” twelve years after being the “one line in 50 scenes” lady in waiting in Marie Antoinette.

    Judging by reviews, what I’ve seen, and release dates The Favourite is probably the best movie of the bunch. The costumes look like they decided to fix their limited budget by going artsy/abstract though.

  10. Frannie Germeshausen

    More Fantastic Beasts, please! “Harry Potter” in 1920s/Deco New York City – for me, nothing is better.

  11. Cecilia

    Mademoiselle Paradies was already in the theathers in Germany! I thought it was a great film, but the costumes were in a scale from “well, almost ok” to “absolutely terrible”. But I really liked the film though there were the typical “no period” costumes of the lower classes and ugly stereotype Rococo rental costumes because I loved the intense play of the leading lady.

  12. Mizdema


    XVIII th century, french movie : Mademoiselle de Joncquières
    (on September,but still on screen in France)

    Madame de la Pommeraye has got about 12 dresses , most of them pleated in the back “à la française” but this bearded marquis has got three suits :a velvet blue, a velvet brown and a pale green.
    Costume Design by Pierre-Jean Larroque

  13. Cheryl from Maryland

    Cannot wait for the Happy Prince, the Favorite and Peterloo.

  14. Zach

    I’m hoping ‘Vita and Virginia’ will be better than the overall mess that was ‘Life in Squares.’ We need some good Virginia Woolf media to challenge the supremacy of Nicole Kidman’s vastly overrated performance in ‘The Hours’