The Portrait of a Lady (1996) short review

Not quite the movie that it should have been, but still great and definitely worth watching. A tragic tale about independence, abuse, and love written by Henry James and directed by Jane Campion (The Piano). Nicole Kidman gives one of her best performances as Isabel Archer, and wears some really really fabulous 1870s mid-period bustle and natural form gowns.


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.