Historical Costume Movie/TV Trailers: Winter & Beyond


We’re always trying to track what historical costume movies and TV shows are coming up. Here’s a round-up of currently available trailers, sorted by American release date. As always, you can keep an eye on what’s forthcoming on our Upcoming Movies page!


November 22

The Man Who Invented Christmas

After a series his books have been flops, Charles Dickens decides to write and self-publish “A Christmas Carol.” With Dan Stephens (formerly of Downton Abbey) as Dickens.

Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill (and Kristin Scott Thomas his wife) in this World War II film. Costumes by Jacqueline Durran.


November 29

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

A housewife in the early 1960s decides to become a stand-up comic. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created Gilmore Girls and Bunheads, which means I am 100% down. Costumes by Donna Zakowska. Showing on Amazon.


December 6


TV series about the final days of Knights Templar during the 14th century. Costumes by Diana Cilliers. Airing on the History Channel.


December 8

The Crown season 2

The second season of this TV series takes Queen Elizabeth II’s reign into the 1960s. Starring Claire Foy; costumes by Michele Clapton. Showing on Netflix.


December 18


Check out our advance preview review! Kit Harington (from Game of Thrones) in a miniseries about the Guy Fawkes plot to blow up Parliament/murder King James Idicken. Showing on HBO.


December 22


In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory, with Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike. I really hope the movie is going to be more cognizant of the Native American side of things than the trailer shows… This is the limited release date, it should go wide in 2018.

December 25

The Greatest Showman

An original musical inspired by the life of circus promoter P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman.


The Phantom Thread

A fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) in 1950s London is commissioned to design for members of high society and the royal family.


January 14, 2018

Victoria season 2

Jenna Coleman returns as Queen Victoria. Airs on PBS. Costumes designed by Rosalind Ebbutt.


Babylon Berlin

TV series set in the 1920s underworld of Germany’s Weimar Republic. Airing on Netflix. Costumes by Pierre-Yves Gayraud.


January 22

The Alienist

A crime reporter and a psychologist to investigate a serial killer in New York during the 1890s.


February 2


Helen Mirren stars as Sarah Winchester, the 19th-c. gun heiress who built the supposedly haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Costumes designed by Wendy Cork.

Which upcoming historical film or TV series 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.

17 Responses

    • ekolint48

      I also thought it was fantastic. Psyched that it finally has a premiere. Right before the return of Vikings. Can’t wait to see the rest of the eps!

  1. Charity

    Damn, that Winchester trailer made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. :P

    There’s also the Netflix western, Godless, with Michelle Dockery, on Nov 22nd. And… I think Mudbound is out today? Or soon? (It’s set in the 19…30’s?)

  2. Nonnymous

    Can’t wait to see what you’ll have to say about Victoria content wise…possible spoiler: there’s a relationship between two men involved! Costumes looked pretty nice, although they are still using those Ebay tiaras/crowns.

  3. Frannie Germeshausen

    In The Crown, the actor who plays Phillip looks so much like the real Prince Harry when he has that beard, I did a serious double-take. Perfect casting!

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    Victoria, Mathilde (Matilda) about Mathilde Kschessinkaya and Nicholas II when he was the Tsarevitch, The Alienist, Gunpowder and The Crown.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I can’t find any press about whether or not Mathilde (Matilda) will air in the U.S. any time soon — just articles about the controversy it’s caused in Russia.

      • Susan Pola Staples

        Same here. But I’ve got my fingers crossed. Also Tulip Fever releases on Blu-ray on something like 28 November. Yay!

  5. Saraquill

    Looking at the Charles Dickens movie, I can’t help but wonder how it will hold up next to the Muppet’s Christmas Carol.

  6. Kat from CA via NJ

    Ehmerhgerd that means Dame Helen was in my hometown!!! Aaaaaaaahhhhh and I’m now dead.

  7. j p

    Just watched Greatest Showman with my 16 yr old. Was trying not to be catty & ruin it for her, but could NOT figure out what was going on with wifey’s costumes. Her evening gowns were very modern & her hair was almost always down. What the frock!? (PS, Love your blog!)

    • Kara H

      Me, too! I was confused with what decade they were in bc Victoria was kinda young but some costumes looked late 18th century and Charity had these short dresses the entire time. It distracted me so much!