Top 5 Frock Flicks of 2016 We’re Looking Forward To


OK, these are the top five historical costume movies and TV shows I’M looking forward to in 2016! We know that Downton Abbey is done for, Outlander will head to France for its second season, and no date has been set for Poldark Part 2: Pantsless Scything. But of the movies and series we do know that are on the horizon, I’m particularly interested in these ones.

You can look through our Upcoming Frock Flicks list and pick your own!


Love and Friendship – January 26, 2016*

Love and Friendship (2016)

I put an asterisk on this opening date because the movie premiers at the Sundance Film Festival in January but doesn’t yet have a wide-release date. Still, I hope we’ll see this film based on a Jane Austen novella in theaters before the the year’s end. Maybe this serious Austen movie will balance out the silly Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (coming in February 2016).



Tale of Tales – April 22, 2016

Tale of Tales (2015)

This looks SO GOOD! Well, to me, anyway. And for every other goth who loves 16th-century Spanish costume and fairy-tale / horror mash-ups. So all three of us can go to the theater together and have a killer time.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 18, 2016

Finally, just what the world needed, a proper crossover between Harry Potter and historical costume drama! Let’s hit 1920s New York with magic, it’s gonna be awesome.


Tulip Fever – 2016

Tulip Fever (2016)

I really know nothing about this movie except it has some epic ruffs! Set in 17th-century Amsterdam, the flick premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, blah blah blah, I just want to see more of these mega ruffs. This costume is practically a museum reproduction, and I’m loving it.


Versailles – 2016

This TV miniseries aired in France late in 2015 and has been picked up by the BBC to be broadcast in early 2016. So realistically, we have no idea if / when it will hit the states. Considering how the preview vids emphasize all the sex and politics, the show could be fabulous or super trashy a la Showtime’s The Tudors. The costumes, however, look a step above.



These are my five — what upcoming historical costume movies and TV shows are you excited about seeing in 2016?

18 Responses

  1. mcetiquette

    I must protest. I’m sure there are at least five of us 16th-century Spanish costume and fairy-tale / horror mash-ups loving goths out there.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      Of all the ones to be less than enthusiastic, really, Harry Potter, 1920s? I thot Tale of Tales would creep you out. I’m pretty sure that’s the one w/the preview of Selma Hayek eating a heart.

      • Kendra

        Oh I’ll have to put my sweater over my eyes for the heart-eating, but the costumes! I don’t know why I’m not excited about Fantastic Beasts… I think I need to see some good female costumes to get there.

  2. mmcquown

    Tales, Beasts, Versailles. The last would seem to have the most potential for interesting content with elements of Iron Mask, the Fronde, etc. I really wish someone would do a good mini-series on the Affair of the Poisons.

  3. PFAngel

    You should watch the new BBC War and Peace. Some of the costumes are ummm interesting..

    • Janette

      I am still debating whether to watch it. I loved, loved, loved the 1971 BBC version and not sure I want to watch any other. The images I have seen don’t inspire confidence, Natasha’s modern hair style for instance and the odd contemporary looking evening gown in evidence. This “modernising” of costume seems to be a “thing” at the moment. Why bother to make a historical drama if it isn’t going to be historical.

  4. PFAngel

    The costumes in Episode 1 are really strange. Gillian Anderson wears this half strapless purple number and Helene looks like some thing from the 1920s. I really don’t get it. Other characters are not as bad.Worth watching though.

  5. Josephine

    Tale of the tales isn’t spanish movie is a Neapolitan one, based on Lu Cunto de Li Cunti, a very famous book of novels written by Giambattista Basile, who was the first to write about “Cinderella”. Looking forward to watching at them all.

    • grimildemalatesta

      The movie is based and filmed on all southern Italy. The writer was neapolitan, but some sets are also in Sicily, for example. The nice thing about this movie is that the whole cast may be not italian, but all craftmanship behind, from props, to costumes, to special effects, struggled to stay in Italy, to create work and to encourage Italy to make more movies like that. So…we got I Medici T_T

  6. newpillowbook

    Love and Friendship – serious? Have you ever read it? (If not, find a copy RIGHT NOW – look under “Jane Austen Juvenilia” – and read it before you do anything else. The rest of your life will thank you.) Anyway, Love and Freindship is basically Catherine Morland’s favorite daydreams brought to life, and then some. Total silliness ensues.

  7. Andrea W

    Just finished Versailles…and the costumes are phenomenal, they don’t shy away from the effeminate look that Louis had, and the details are incredible. But most of all props to the hair people who make me super jealous of Louis and Philippe’s hair.

  8. grimildemalatesta

    For epic ruffs, wait for Tale of Tales ;) they have some incredible jewel ruffs, and even the extras have jaw-dropping costumes. I didn’t like the movie, but its aesthetics have been something so good that I’ve got to go back some years to find something so close to historical accuracy and so pleasing to the eye.