North and South (2004) short review


Wow! This was so so good. Based on an Elizabeth Gaskell novel, it’s about Margaret Hale who moves with her minister father and mother from an idyllic country home in southern England to the northern England mill town of Milton (based on Manchester). She becomes involved with the plight of the mill workers, but also with one of the local mill owner families — and things get heated with HOT HOT HOT (HELLOOOOOO this guy should play Mr. Darcy!) John Thornton. Set in the 1860s, with really lovely, accurate costumes (and that’s saying something, coming from Miss I’m-Bored-of-the-1860s!). See it! Buy it!


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.

7 Responses

  1. wanderamble

    I loved that you loved N&S because I love it, too, but I was really hoping to read more of an analysis of the costumes!

  2. Kimberly Wilcox

    *I know this is an old posting just needed to ad*
    I LOVED this! and I’ve also determined in the years since that Richard Armitage could recite me the phone book, as long as he’s looking at me and I’d probably swoon.

  3. Janette

    Adding also to another old post. (it is one of those kind of days) I really love this series. It is one of the best of the best. My only gripe on the costuming is the often inappropriate outdoor wear, ie the lack of gloves and that scene where Margaret walks through the streets at night in a evening gown with bare shoulders.

  4. leobalecelad

    Another add to an old post… in the final episode where Thornton is standing in the snow watching Margaret drive away, muttering “look back at me… look back at me…” How many of us were screaming at the telly “Look back! LOOK BAAAAAAAACK, YOU STUPID TWIT!”

  5. saffireblu

    Does anyone else think that Richard needs some Man Candy Monday love? I know he was in this (obviously- this is where I fell in love with him!), had a cameo in ‘Captain America’ 1, & the ‘Robin Hood’ BBC series as Guy of Gisborne (Holliday Grainger was briefly in that, as was Laura Pulver, from the dreaded ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’)… I know leather trousers aren’t period… but he does fill them out so nicely!
    I’m not sure if he’s got any other FrockFlicks under his belt or not, but it’d be cool to find out.
    Oh, & a Woman Crush Wednesday idea: Rachel Hurd-Wood; she has at least ‘Peter Pan’ (late 19th c), ‘Dorian Grey’ (early-mid, to late 19th c), ‘Perfume’ with the late Alan Rickman (18th c), ‘Solomon Kane’ (it’s somewhat fantastical, but it’s very clearly said to be late 16th/ early 17th c- & it has James Purefoy!), & ‘An American Haunting’ (some time in the 19th c) to her credits.