You don’t need to bother with the recaps to be curious about the costuming, and in that regard Terry Dresbach is your new favorite human. I’m going to use this space to highlight the pieces she’s produced since the last airing that pertain to the costumes herein, and also some from last week. I urge you to take a look even if you’ve never watched a frame of the show, because the photographs are astonishing. If you are into minutiae — and I am sure most of you are — then you can’t miss the post which zeroes in on things like the stomachers of all these fabulous French gowns Dresbach’s team is constructing. It’s even called “Frills, Furbelows, and Bows.” Anyone who uses the word “furbelow” is a friend of this site. — Since my last recap, she put up a GLORIOUS array of full-length and details shots of Louise’s flowered gown from Versailles, with some analysis of how pivotal it was to nail this time and place through the clothes: “[W]e knew that we were going to play this time travel note with Claire. The ONLY way that works is if the world around her is very, very true to the period. […] Of course you can never be truly authentic. There is no way to make thousands of garments by hand, in the time we have. We can’t use actual 18th century materials… But I did not want to present a contemporary view of history. As I say over and over, ‘History is pretty good, just as it is! It needs no help from us.'”
– She highlighted what she calls “Posh Jamie,” namely, all the waistcoasts they’ve produced for Sam Heughan. They even make the buttons themselves. I love this part: “There’s something about a man so confident in his sexuality that he is not threatened by decoration. That men’s clothing has to be stripped bare, or it MEANS SOMETHING (gasp), is such a conceit of a later time, and an attitude that I think is very narrow and less progressive than earlier times. Again, we think we are so advanced compared to earlier periods of history. We had a recent discussion on Twitter about how restrictive corsets were to women, but once I posted pictures of Victoria Secret pushup bras, the discussion expanded.”
– Oh, and this post about Jamie is A LOT of shots of Sam smoldering. You may need a moment. And a fainting couch.