Lady Jane (1986) short review

I was one of the many who LOVED this movie when I was, oh, 14 or so, so was all excited when they recently released it on DVD. Unfortunately time has not served this film well, and it definitely reads now as a bit cheesy and melodramatic. The filmmakers have reshaped Lady Jane Grey’s life to fit a more classic love story plot (she and her husband Guilford NEVER liked each other one bit, and she NEVER wanted — at any point — to be on the throne). The costumes are quite well done (early Tudor period), except that many of Helena Bonham Carter’s bodices seem a bit too long and like to ride up under her armpits.


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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.