Some things are just not very complicated.
Viewers are very easily distracted. Focus can easily devolve into minute examination of one corner of a frame, one tiny detail, a zillion blown up screen caps, and endless discussions about that tiny corner of a frame. Plus, most viewers are not costume historians, and often period details, like incredibly low cut gowns, or wigs, or high heeled shoes on men, can seem so outlandish, that everyone forgets what the character says and focuses on whatever that costume piece is. Not good.
It is a fine line. I am attempting to be both historically accurate and true to the characters. So I can neither throw out history, nor make a documentary about historical dress. Fine line.
Sprinkle that with general above the line terror of certain historical fashions, it becomes a neat little sider web of lines. Things Hollywood don’t want to see, and for good reason: Cod pieces, Wigs, Historically correct hair and makeup of any kind, mens calves, and large hips. We have all of those, except the cod pieces. People get lost in those details and about a zillion more.
So part of your job as a designer, is to find ways not to distract.
You can make everything contemporary, because we all accepted corsets as outerwear in the 80s, or you can find ways to dance around the distractions, not wave them under people noses. All of those things go into the decision to use boots. Not to mention the horror that a lot of actors have of breeches, codpieces, wigs, and large hips. But we know that we are not going to make that choice…too late to go back on or entire aesthetic.
Or you have to find an example of where you need to go. Since my goal was to stay as accurate as possible, I needed to find boots that Jamie could wear in the French Court. Is it 100% accurate that he would wear them to a dinner party? Maybe not…maybe, if he didn’t give a shit about the rules. Hard to say absolutely what an individual does in the face of societal norms.
Anyway, the same things about character apply here that did in my post about Jamie’s suits. Not only do our faithful viewers not want to see him in a chartreuse suit, but they are not going to be happy to see him in high heeled shoes. I know this to be true. It is going to be a bridge too far.
We found the boots. They were pretty hot. Another criteria in our world.
So we made them for Jamie and for St. Germaine.
We made a pair in leather and a pair in silk. Don’t know why I don’t have a picture of the silk ones!! I’ll have to add it later.