Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: Upcycling : From curtain to robe de l'anglaise


Maureenanne: there isn’t a lot of source material for Scotland, Ireland and Wales in the early medieval period, but you can get a lot of inspiration for historical design from early medieval Irish illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. Also, the Vikings/Norse were invading and settling Ireland and Scotland during this time (the Vikings founded Dublin, did you know that?) and you can look at their art styles from that time for ideas as well. There was a huge cultural mix between the local Celtic tribes and the Vikings during this time. Generally, though, that area of Europe was so far in the backwater of culture that there is very little information about the clothing or embroidery.