Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Category Archives: Claire

Cait’s Anniversary

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I was privileged to help the Caitriot fans deliver a very special gift to Caitriona. A tartan woven especially for Cait by Susan Targove, and Janet Cadsawan’s amazing Sassenach pin to celebrate Cait’s one year anniversary of signing up for Outlander.
You guys are amazing! Here are the pics.

I added the last one in there.

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Grrrrrrrranimals redux

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Seems there is a lot of chatter out there about how many outfits Claire goes on the road in, and why does she have so many?????????

I always make sure I can justify things for the story. The writers wanted to be able to show the day changes, and our Highlanders NEVER change their clothes, so it was up to Claire. Plus they wanted a “respectable” dress she could wear in an upcoming sequence. So, I ask,

1.”where do we put the clothes? ummmmmmmmm.
2.”Is there a wagon?” YES there is.
3.”Is it big enough for Mrs. Fitz to send a few things in a trunk (2 skirts, 3 bodices and 1 dress, a cloak, and some wraps/fichus),as she wants Claire to be presentable?” Yes, it is.
4.”How big is the trunk? Big enough for 1 skirt, 2 bodices, a cloak and some wrap/ficus?” Yes, it is
5. “Would you please SHOW the trunk, so I don’t get slammed for giving Claire too many changes????”
Maybe, not sure if we are going to shoot the loading of the wagon.

Okay, then the number of costumes is justified as far as I am concerned. Costume Designers can always take liberties, and many do. Producers and directors rarely care about such things, and studios hate it when actresses don’t change their clothes constantly. But I HAVE to justify it story wise. I am the one always watching and saying, “So where did she/he get that ??????” So after much consideration, I figure that seems to be the right amount of clothing to meet all the needs of shooting a television show.
If I were shooting a documentary, she might have one skirt, and MAYBE a dress, one cloak or riding jacket. But we are not.

With the number of outfits I choose, I can :
1. Serve the story and all that needs to be told using the costumes as a story device.
2. Accomodate upcoming stunts and action.
3. Mark the amount of time that passes.
4. Keep the audience from complaining that they are bored by seeing her wear the same thing all the time. “Doesn’t she EVER change her clothes. they weren’t backwards barbarians after all”
5. Keep our actress from dying of hypothermia.
6. Save my overworked department from having to make 20 duplicates of one costume so that we can accommodate all of the above (we don’t even have enough of any one fabric to do that if we wanted)

Plus I can get away with a few pieces of clothing, but make it look like she has a lot more, by cleverly using accessories (UH OH !!!!!!!!!!!!)

It will always be carefully considered on Outlander. Our job is to make a believable world. We are not doing a fashion show. It should look and feel as real as possible, given the incredible number of restraints filming a dramatic televised series, presents. We have seen 5 episodes so far. At the end of the season, get back to me and let me know how you feel about the number of costumes Claire has.

Wonderful Illustrations

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I wanted to showcase the work of illustrator Colleen Madden. She has a lot of wonderful pieces at http://girlfrog.tumblr.com
I just love her work. Reminds me of children’s book illustrations of my childhood.


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The Green Plaid

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This dress is a masterpiece I must credit to my incredible team led by our woman’s cutter, Georgina Diaz.

(to see full size, click on pictures)

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Episode 105, Rent

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The Riding Jacket

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This piece came about out of necessity. We didn’t plan on it, but it was so bitterly cold, and Cait had been through so much wearing that shift, I just couldn’t send her back out into the freezing winter, without something very seriously warm.

So Mrs. Fitz went back into her trunks and dug up this coat. It is very, very warm, and our girl was very, very warm.

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The gloves are made with kid and we printed and drew stag antlers on them in honor of the McKenzies.

The coat is based on 18th century riding jackets. I am including some of our research.

 

The Gathering

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Claire – Gathering Sketch

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Claire, a recap

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And look, at the bottom, a fichu!!!!

Claire – 18th Century surgery

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