22 thoughts on “Outlander – Everybody Chill

  1. I doubt very much that this outfit will end up in the series. It looks like something that the actress is wearing for a photo shoot for a magazine.

  2. I appreciate your keen observations about fashion, historical accuracy and movies. I love Claire’s red dress (inspired by Dior New Look style) in season 2 of Outlander. But, I wonder, the color red in these days was often related to whore, prostitution..Is it not akward to suggest that in an event like an official presentation to King Louis quinze ?

    1. I know I’m really late to the party, but ‘red = prostitution’ is a bit more of a modern association (I don’t know when exactly it first came in however; possibly with the whole Puritan red A = ‘scarlet woman’/ Adulteress from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel).
      Red was considered a ‘healthful’ colour, from the Middle Ages & into the early 20th c; it was actually a really popular colour because the dyes- from the commonly available madder & alkanet were pretty cheap.
      As I’m far from an expert, I can’t make any definitive statements, but I’ve seen the lazy presumption of red dress = prostitute in a few movies/ series- & yet never the historical reality: that of sumptuary laws- they differed between countries, territories & centuries, but it would be interesting if it was shown, because… the law actually required women who were whores to don these items
      ie. Roman era prostitutes wore togas &/ or yellow wigs, apparently.
      Again, special forms of dress for prostitutes & courtesans were known in the 13th century: in Marseille a striped cloak, in England a striped hood, & so on. I don’t know that they were specifically required to be a certain colour, or not.
      Over time, they were often reduced to distinctive bands of fabric attached to the arm or shoulder, or tassels on the arm.
      Later restrictions specified various forms of finery that were forbidden (like pearls, in Venice), although there was also sometimes a recognition that finery represented the working equipment (& capital) for a prostitute, & they could be exempted from laws applying to other non-noble women.

  3. I think Terry has said on Twitter that a stylist not her department dressed Cat/Claire like this for the shoot. She also What the Frocked Jamie/Sam in just a shirt in public.

    And I totally want the zipper. And Jamies face when he undoes it.

    1. Unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to get the zipper dress. Not from what we’ve seen in the previews anyway. Too bad it was a great scene.

      And yes these clothes (Jamie and Claire) are for the ET photo shoot.

      1. I’ve always loved the idea of the floofy Gutenberg dress with the zipper in the books, but I’ve also always thought it was a little out-of-character for this super competent, detail-oriented women. She’s going to carefully plan out what she brings, have a cloak special made, but she’s going to go with an off the rack dress? I think, given the show’s concept of Claire’s hand in designing her clothing, going with a store bought dress would feel even odder. So I’ll suck it up and deal (unlike some others I see absolutely handwringing in agony) if there’s no zipper scene.

        (otoh, I wouldn’t put it past them to manage to have the zipper dress, and manage to keep it completely under wraps before it happens.)

        1. We see in the trailers the outfit Claire is wearing when she meets Jamie. It’s the white blouse and blue skirt. No zipper dress.

        2. I sort of think we will see it, because it’s a moment of really nice comedy in the book and it sort of re-sets their relationship, because there’s a LOT of weird that happens quickly once Claire shows up in Edinburgh at that print shop.
          I can also see how the dress works–she probably doesn’t want to spend a fortune on authentic clothes, and who does she think can make them, whereas Roger has access to the coins and she will need things like that. The dress can look a little weird–like her bra being “from France”–but the money’s gotta be accurate, or Claire’s screwed.

  4. I stopped (and when I say stopped, it was the crash headfirst in a wall stop) even considering to like that thing when I saw my first pic of the famous dress… Hint: not the red one.And I ALSO shot to the ceiling in fury… Never thought I could be insulted on my country’s behalf for a dress in a TV show, but I apparently could.As for that red monstrosity, I don’t care what mental gymnastics the costumer intends for us to go through, it was too short and that slit in front! And don’t tell me about time travel, cause I don’t think women in the 40s 50s were showing at high society functions with their boobs hanging out.
    I know the we french are supposed to be debauched and all slightly gay at the same time (not sure how that works), but Versailles was NOT a high end brothel, for God’s sake. Any woman turning up at a high function dressed like that would have been kicked out before the king could lay eyes on her….puff! puff! puff!… Okay, rant over.

    1. Terry was following the book description. Diana gave such a complete description of the iconic dress that fans would have been up in arms if it had been tweaked.

      1. Is that so? I went back to the podcast… So where is the charmeuse chemise? Because if the woman is wearing a chemise in that picture, someone’s gotta tell me where it is.
        And I don’t think the equivalent of a XVIII century mini skirt was mentioned either.

        1. Ok, I loathed that red dress also. However, Terry did say, she ran short of the red fabric that was used for that dress. So she made it a little short and told the Director of Cinematogrophy not to shoot below the waist.
          What really frosted my flakes is that there is another red dress that was worn later in the season that would have been better for this scene

  5. Honestly, I’m happy you’re not doing the re-caps. There are so many of those. I come here for the costume critiques (complete with picture examples of the real articles.) Thanks for doing those!

  6. I’m okay with the shirt too, Ms Dresbach has mentioned in her OutlanderCostume Twitter tweet that there was a stylist on the photo shoot who chose the clothes.
    And I’ve added Starz app to my Tablet to watch Season 3🐅🐕🐍😇
    But my question is are you still going to recap each season 3 episode with pics and stuff? I’m okay with not podcasting season 3 of Outlander, but please podcast season 3 of Horace, er Poldark. I’m crazy about the pug.

  7. I think I read somewhere that the outfit Claire wears (which you see the skirt of here) was inspired by The African Queen, among other things. It’s supposed to be a sort of all-purpose kind of outfit. Not sure if Claire travels back in this (but from the promos, it looks like she does instead of a Gunne Sax sort of thing).

  8. See, there is a perfect example of why I don’t do book descriptions anymore! Did it once.
    Thanks for the smart and well thought out article, guys!!!! Love what you all are doing these days. Really great stuff. Nuanced, interesting!

    I’m still up for that interview.

    -Terry (costume designer, not costumer/ Outlander)

  9. From what I read in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Sept 1, 2017, showing Claire on the cover, the writer of the mag. article credited the photo outfits/dress to 2 females and the male photographer himself. I don’t think the choice of outfits Clair had on had anything to do with Terry Deisbach, costume designer of “Outlander” series.

  10. And now, of course, we know that the blouse is something she was wearing when she came back from the 1960’s as part of her home-made “batsuit,” and that she borrowed it from Brianna.

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