I thought this would be great to look at as it finishes up Lettitia’s costumes, but also lets you see the two complimentary costumes together, Colum and Letticia, Laird and Lady of Leoch. We found these extraordinary gold laces very early in, during our prep. It really helped define how I wanted to design Scotland, and create a visual difference between Scottish aristocracy and French or English.
It is not accurate for the time, but it created an important subliminal difference, and made the characters something other that carbon copies of French Fashion. Paris was the epicenter of fashion in Europe, but culture and nationality cannot be so easily dismissed. If you look at 18th century fashion in Russia, England, or Italy, the French influence is very dominant, but you can see the cultural aesthetic in the clothing of the different regions. We wanted to do that in Scotland as well, and like using the knit pieces, took the leap with these particular laces, which are very rustic in their design, but still opulent, in order to help tell the story.
Marrying together the McKenzie tartan in both Colums plaid and Letitia’s arisaid, was another important touch.
They are very ornate costumes, with opulent fabrics and jewelry (Lettitia also had magnificent earrings), which helped establish them as legitimate aristocracy, not wild primitives.
Gary Lewis, who plays Colum said, “Ochh, Terry (roll all those R’s when you read my name said by anyone Scottish), that’s grand. This lace looks like Scotland!”