WCW: Jenna Coleman



She’s young, scrappy, and hungry, and she’s in everything. Whether or not she’s your favorite actress, you have to admire her tenacity because Jenna Coleman has made a name for herself in historical costume TV, at least, and a few movies too. Born in just 1986 (JFC, I graduated from high school in ’87!), she’s... Read more →

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Poll: The Most Marvelous of Mrs. Maisel’s Wardrobe



Are you watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon? It’s the story of a young, upper crust, Jewish woman who gets dumped in 1950s New York and embarks on a career in standup comedy. It sounds like kind of a quirky premise, but that will make more sense when you realize it’s created by Amy Sherman-Palladino,... Read more →

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MCM: Tom Sturridge



He’s not a big deal as an actor. He doesn’t have extensive theater chops or a deep resume of frock flicks under his belt. But he’s pretty and pouty in historical costumes, and sometimes, that’s all we ask.   Tom Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels (1996)   Young Georgy in Vanity Fair (2004)   Roger Gosselyn... Read more →

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60 Some Years Later, Diane (1956)



On this day in 1956, Diane premiered with Lana Turner making an epic try at historical romance. The production was a box-office bomb, but I’m all in for the stunning 16th-century (by way of the 1950s) costumes by Walter Plunkett! The film’s plot plays fast and loose with the facts of Diane de Poitiers’ biography,... Read more →

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TBT: Emma With Gwyneth (1996)



I recently was in an Austen-y frame of mind (couch, PJ’s, and dogs may have been involved) and so decided it was time to fire up one of my comfort objects. I was shocked to discover that Netflix has almost NO Austen adaptations — WTH? So despite it being my least favorite adaptation of this... Read more →

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What’s Your Favorite Masterpiece Series?



On January 10, 1971, the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre first aired in the U.S. Now known simply as Masterpiece, this anthology show has broadcast dozens upon dozens of amazing historical costume dramas over the years. Before streaming TV services and on-demand video, heck, before there were hundreds of cable channels, Masterpiece was how American audiences... Read more →

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Job-Hunting in Frock Flicks



Not sure if you realize, but Editor-in-Chief of Frock Flicks is not my full-time job, as much as I wish it could be. Nope, your donations and Patreon subscriptions are fabulous, but they go 100% to paying our site expenses and don’t give us any kind of salary or kick-backs (we even have to buy... Read more →

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MCM: Tobias Menzies



I’ve already written a Man Candy Monday dedicated to Tobias Menzies’ character on Outlander, Frank Randall, but I figured I could extend the love a little bit more and give Menzies his own post.   Rome (2005-2007) – Marcus Junius Brutus   Persuasion (2007) – William Elliot   The Relief of Belsen (2007) – Derrick Sington  ... Read more →

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Frock Flick Free-for-All the First



You asked for it, so here’s an occasional open thread to bitch about anything tangentially related to history, costume, movies, or TV shows! Or whatever else is on your mind right now. Note that URLs are automatically held for moderation, but most anything else goes as long as you’re not bitchier than we are! FYI: Marie... Read more →

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Jenny Beavan: The Frock Flicks Guide



Jenny Beavan should be royalty in your house. She certainly is in mine! The designer of a metric crap-ton of amazing period films; Oscar winner for Mad Max: Fury Road, A Room With a View, and The Bostonians; frequent collaborator with Merchant-Ivory and John Bright. Her work speaks for itself:   Treasure Island (1982) The Robert... Read more →

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