Starz’ Outlander’s Tartan Affair Lands at The Grove (LA). See Costumes; Diana Gabaldon #PA
I am a huge fan of the Outlander series-– both book and TV show. I read at least 4 of the 8 books (and got stopped by “life happening). It was just crazy great and Diana Gabaldon had such a great way with interweaving history.
Visit A Tartan Affair at The Grove Los Angeles and transport back in time to the Scottish Highlands.
Featuring everything from custom-designed Scottish Plaids to British Redcoats, the special exhibit will include costumes from the first season of the acclaimed Starz Original Series “Outlander” designed by Costume Designer Terry Dresbach.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be displayed at various locations within the outdoor mall.
See Author Diana Gabaldon for a very special in-store appearance and Q&A about “Outlander” (her best-selling 8-book series) at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove.
Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2 PM
Starting May 22nd, the costumes worn by stars
Caitriona Balfe (Claire),
Sam Heughan (Jamie),
Tobias McKenzie (Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall),
Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie)
Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan)
will be on display for a special 10-day engagement.
The exhibit will feature:
Costumes on Display:
1. 1940s Claire and Frank Randall, Episode 101 “Sassenach”
“It was important that we conveyed the seriousness and somber tones of Britain just after the war and the men who fought in it. We chose somber and conservative British wool and traditional tailoring. His suits were designed according to pre-war fashion, most men in 1947, coming out of uniform for the first time in many years.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
Frank’s costume details
· Brown wool gabardine coat, wide lapels
· Three piece, single button, single vent, grey flannel suit, with notched lapel and short waistcoat. Trousers with no cuff, according to Government standards.
· Shirt Grey cotton pinstripe, elastic cuffs (not seen)
· Grey, green and red striped woven tie.
· Brown Fedora, tan leather gloves and dependable British umbrella.
“We wanted Claire’s costumes to reflect the hope and optimism of a new marriage, the end of a long war, and a new beginning for her life and her country. Fabric was still rationed in post war Britain, so her costumes were made to the standards set by the British Government.” – Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
Claire’s costume details:
· Deep burgundy, wool crepe dress, bias cut
· Blue wool gabardine coat, with pleated back
· Scarf: Burgundy and blue paisley silk
· Black leather court shoes, dark navy clutch bag with amber clasp, black felt hat, and caramel leather gloves.
2. Dougal MacKenzie, Outlander Season 1
“The Clan’s War Chieftain needed powerful, dashing and menacing costumes. We wanted to convey that he is the leader of his men, and should be feared. We call him “Our Darth Vader.” Always in black.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
· Black wool frock coat with fine grey check, large turn-up on cuff, leather buttonholes, silver ribbed buttons.
· Fine black leather long line waistcoat, black linen back, silver double ring buttons
· Off white linen shirt with linen stock
· Grey/green wool trews
· Dark brown leather belt with dark square buckle, dirk in brown leather sheath
· Brown leather sporran, leather stitching, and 3 tassels
· Mackenzie’ brown/ tan/ blue-grey tartan plaid with bright blue strip
Geillis Duncan, Episode 112, “The Devil’s Mark “
“We called this ‘the Raven dress’ in the costume department, as it looked like a million black raven feathers.” – Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
· Dress made of black raven fabric, content unknown.
· Tiered Irish linen petticoat and stomacher and cuffs
· Antique black lace stock, worn as a choker.
· Signature red leather shoe
· Black leather bracelets
4. Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, Episode 107, “The Wedding”
“Ron scribbled this piece of dialogue out one day, and it told me everything about what the wedding dress needed to accomplish: ‘I remember every moment. Every second. I’ll never forget when I came out of the church and saw you for the first time. It was as if I’d stepped outside on a cloudy day, and suddenly the sun came out. ‘– Jamie Fraser.”
The dress is made of silvered jute linen, with very fine cartridge pleating. The stomacher and petticoat is a silk/linen weave, covered in 450 hand embroidered silver plate acorns and leaves, and one silver dog bone. Layered behind the petticoat and stomacher is another layer of silk cover in hand slivered mica shards, to create an organic shimmer effect.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
Under the dress details:
· Wool/Silk chemise
· Cream silk corset, with floral embroidery
· Cream striped linen/silk crinoline
· Slubbed linen covered panniers
· Fine silver mesh choker necklace
“James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser needed to be, above all else, resplendent in borrowed finery.” – Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
Jamie’s costume details
· Slate blue velvet frock coat with dimensional pattern along front. Pewter mesh buttons and large turn back cuffs
· Slate Blue long line collarless waistcoat, pewter buttons
· Cream linen shirt, with slub linen stock trimmed in antique lace
· Fraser Tartan, woven for Outlander. Grey and brown wool, with scarlet and mustard check
· Antique oval brooch, diamante swirl stock pin. Brown leather sword belt with scalloped gold buckle, and dirk in brown leather sheath
· Black French military boots
5. Geillis Duncan, Episode 103, “The Way Out”
“We named this costume the ‘monkey jacket.’ It looks like a strange animal skin. Lotte Verbeek turned it backwards in the fitting, so the felt looks like a furry spine.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
· Grey felted wool bodice, longhaired strip down center front, silver clasp fastenings at back
· Beige and grey wool damask pattern, full length, padded hips with knitted silver wire front pane, made on wrong side of fabric
· Off white linen chemise, 3⁄4 sleeve, drawstring neck, dark grey leather sleeve ties
· Scarlet silk Louis heel shoes
6. Redcoat Officer, Episode 106, “The Garrison Commander”
British Army Dress Uniform Details:
· Navy wool ‘Redcoat,’ red wool cuffs and turn-backs, gold braid, button up tiebacks at knees
· Red wool waistcoat, collarless gold braid, gold trim pockets
· Fine white linen shirt, frill cuffs, double frill front
· Cream linen stock, edged with beige fine lace ends
· Red wool breeches, knee length, single fly, dull brass buttons
· Flat gold Gorget with crest on maroon ribbon
· Deep red silk sash with fringed edging
7. Worn by: Highlanders, Season 1, “Outlander”
· Pale brown herringbone coat with dark red and yellow cross stitches, fawn leather edging and dark brown leather strap closures and gold buckles, open sleeves
· Mackenzie tartan, worn down
· Brown leather waistcoat, old silver buttons, brown canvas back
· Worn linen shirt and stock
· Leather boots and chestnut leather sword belt
8. Claire Beauchamp Randall 18th Century Tartan Dress, Episode 104, “The Gathering,” 105 “Rent” and in Season 1B key art
“I was driving through the Scottish countryside one day and a large fir branch had fallen across the road. It was beautiful tones of silver grey bark and green needles. It was the inspiration for this gown.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
· Forest green/ charcoal grey/ navy tartan dress 3⁄4 sleeves, back lacing, cartridge pleats
· Green and charcoal knit shawl, fastened with antique brass brooch
· Linen chemise
9. “Black” Jack Randall, Captain of the Eighth Dragoons, Season 1, “Outlander”
“Military officers of this period were allowed to design their own uniforms. We wanted Jack Randall’s to reflect his dedication to discipline.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
· Red and navy wool coat, fold back placket and cuffs, frogging, with stand collar
· Red wool waistcoat, with gold frogging, navy cotton back
· Navy wool knee length breeches, flap front, old gold buttons
· Black felt Tricorn hat with gold braid trim
· Linen shirt and stock
· Black leather knee height boots with tall front, square toe
· Black leather belt with sword in black leather sheath
10. Jamie Fraser, “Outlander” Season 1
worn with wool tartan Highland jacket over moleskin waistcoat, and leather sword belt with old gold scalloped buckle, with Dirk in leather sheath.
“We wanted Jamie and our Highlanders to reflect the Scottish landscape and to appear as if they had grown up from the earth. Jamie in particular had to be truly as representative as possible of Scotland, and the Highland culture of the 18th century.” — Costume Designer Terry Dresbach
· 14-foot-long kilt made of brown/tan/blue-grey check, designed as our Outlander Tartan
· Dark brown wool with faint blue/ grey check, collarless, turn up on cuffs, aged silver buttons
· Nut-brown moleskin waistcoat, linen laced up back, silver and tortoiseshell buttons
· Dirty linen shirt and stock.
· Dark brown leather sword belt with old gold scalloped buckle, with Dirk in brown leather sheath
Outlander Costume Facts: Did you know?
· The Outlander costume department made 122 costumes in five weeks while prepping Season 1, and many hundreds more after that.
· Almost all the costumes seen on screen have been made by the costume team in Scotland
· Original Tartan plaids would have been passed from generation to generation starting as a kilt or a coat, before being made into a waistcoat and then a scarf or shawl as it was passed down.
· The highly colored clan tartans were mainly a Victorian invention; the actual Highlanders of the 18th-century would have probably worn much more subdued naturally dyed colors.
· Simple things in nature often inspired the looks behind the outfits. Outlander Costumes were inspired by the landscape that Costume Designer Terry Dresbach experienced upon arriving in Scotland.
· Once recreations of period costumes are made, the ageing and dyeing team attacks them with cheese graters, blowtorches, dyes, paints, sandpaper, and pumice stones to create a worn, lived in look.
· Costumes are placed in a specially created hot room in the studio where wet clothes are twisted and tied with string, then baked to age and shape them into worn clothing.
· British soldiers’ red coats are burned with a blowtorch to create the effects of war and gunpowder.
· The Outlander tartans were designed by the Outlander design team and woven in Scotland for the show
WHEN: May 22-31, 10am-9pm — Costume Exhibit
May 31, 2pm — Q&A with Diana Gabaldon at Barnes & Noble:
WHERE: The Grove 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
“Outlander” spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure as it follows Claire Randall, a married WWII combat nurse who mistakenly falls back in time to 1743. As the season continues, Claire and Jamie’s relationship is tested and Claire must reconcile her modern mindset with this 18th century world. Ruthless redcoats, volatile clan politics, and a brutal witch trial force Jamie and Claire to escape to a new home. Just when their life as a married couple begins to take shape, Jamie is once again drawn into Captain Randall’s darkness.
Ultimately, Claire discovers there is a fate worse than death as she struggles to save Jamie’s heart, as well as his soul.
“Outlander” is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV rights to the original series which has been greenlit for a second season.
For more information, go to the
official Outlander Facebook Page
Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ
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