Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Love this piece.



9 thoughts on “Love this piece.

  1. hockeyirene

    Agreed! Imagine a hero being a black Lesbian! An Asian deaf woman! A fat, “homely”, middle-aged woman. Wow. The alternatives are countless! Thank you for alerting us to this article, Terry. This, and all of that costuming too? One Amazing Woman Hero right here! Thank you so much.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

    In Peace,


  2. jennmc725

    Righteous. It’s about time. I loved Rey in Star Wars. Especially when she yells, “I know how to run without you holding my hand!” to Finn. I think that’s why so many love Claire. She’s strong, capable and, yes, fallible, but she represented something in literature that many women never saw 20 years ago. Good to see times are a’changin. Huzzah!

  3. claireokc

    Amen! I haven’t see SW yet (waiting for the holiday crowds to abate), but this makes it all that much more important and worth seeing. But then isn’t this the reason we love DG’s writing so much and are all wanting to be like C. E. B. R. Fraser?….why we all want to live up to her standards? I find the folks who disagree or disparage this sort of story-telling 1.) don’t get it to begin with – the business about trying to be better than you thought you could, i. e. trying and taking risks, 2.) embarrassed to say they might like something as simple as a story of a nobody making something of herself/himself and 3.) think believing is like fairy-tale-ing and therefore likely to lead to disappointment. So I really don’t pay too much attention to those who belittle wonderful heroine/hero tales like this (and like Outlander). But it is nice to see that amidst all the hoopla that someone is wanting to point out the strengths of these stories. For goodness sakes, they last and are re-told for a reason!

  4. Purl99

    My dear friend and I tried to go out to lunch on Sunday, we hadn’t seen each other for about a month and thought a day of food and drink would be just the ticket, we wanted to eat at one of our cities famous chefs places. Well, I guess the tickets were for Star Wars as the shopping area was absolute chaos, so much so that someone was killed in one of the parking garages later that day.
    I didn’t say this to garner anything more than saying this: there is nothing out there, not one thing that I would go see, eat or buy that would have me participating in that kind of chaos.
    Cha-Ching for Star Wars!
    And…blessings to the family of the woman.

  5. AlennaM

    Interesting and oh so true. I grew up in the 1960s and remember secretly wanting to be an astronaut (watching the moon landings), but knew at the time that since I was “just a girl” I would never be able to do anything like that. Only those military-type white males were strong and brave and smart enough to have those kinds of adventures. It was a boy’s dream. Parents and school reinforced that thinking – girls took typing and home economics classes, and boys math and science. Not that learning to sew and cook were bad things 🙂 But women’s roles in life were set and generally undervalued (and underpaid).

    What the article says about white Western men (and boys) being at at the center of most stories in our culture is also very true. When you think about it, many famous books like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series are ENTIRELY about a group of males, but are considered stories for everyone, but the Outlander books for example, are “for women”, because why would men be interested in reading an adventure story with a women’s point of view. Unless she’s buxom and beautiful and promiscuous of course. It’s only been very recently, that some women and black and gay characters took over as main characters in shows and stories. SOME, not all. You’d think the world was coming to an end.

    Sorry if I’ve rambled on too much. It’s always been a pet peeve.

  6. jerseygirl52

    Maybe the men and boys who have been the recipients of this fictional largesse, will have to stop daydreaming about being heros and actually act like them if only in order to get back in the game.

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