The Inheritance (1997) short review

Based on one of Louisa May Alcott’s younger writings, this is a made-for-television adaptation of a melodramatic novel. Set in the 1870s, Edith was rescued by a well-to-do family and raised as companion to their daughter. The story tells of her learning about her background and falling in love. Some very over-the-top characterizations, especially with the “evil” cousin who tries to thwart Edith. Some acceptable bustle gowns, but nothing to get excited about. A fine cable watch, but I wouldn’t spend any money on 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.