The Lady and the Duke (2001) short review

The next time I wait far too long to see a really good costume movie, slap me, will you?!  This was AMAZING!  It tells the story of Grace Elliott, Englishwoman and former mistress to the Prince of Wales, who has long since settled in Paris.  She was once the mistress of the Duc d’Orleans, they are now just really good friends.  The movie details her life, and her relationship with the Duc, throughout the course of the French Revolution.  Not only are the costumes STUNNING, but all of the outdoor scenes feature the actors digitally inserted into period paintings.  Just amazing.  In French.


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.