Anyone who adores “Outlander” has probably been able to piece together by now just how much of an impact fashion is going to have in the upcoming second season. We’re heading to France, and with that come lavish costumes and well-known fashions that are documented in history books all over the world. It’s intricate, expensive, and of course there is pressure to get the looks right for Jamie and Claire as they start to become immersed in this society.
You’ve more than likely seen some teases of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in costume before, but the new image via Entertainment Weekly below is one of the clearest. This publication also includes the following statement from designer Terry Dresbach discussing what went into producing these works:
“It’s a massive season. We figured out recently that we’ve made over 10,000 items for season 2 and acquired another 5,000 shoes. Knowing that was in front of us … it was a monumental task. We started thinking about it halfway through season 1. It’s a completely different kind of clothing. In Scotland, there is not a ton of research out there about what they wore. It was a rough place. But France [in the 18th century] was one of the most well-documented periods of fashion in the world, so you better get it right. There is no wiggle room. Everything has to be sumptuous and lavish and every inch is beaded and embroidered. This is why I came back into the business to do this show. Getting to do 18th century French court is a designer’s dream. It’s fabulous.”
The costumes are indeed tremendous; now, we just have to wait to see more of what the story this time will contain. (Obviously, book readers have an advantage here.) The second season will premiere on Starz in the spring.
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