We’ll be recapping every episode of Outlander this season, both in blog post AND podcast. Kendra and Sarah will be focusing mostly on the costumes — designed by Terry Dresbach — in our blog posts, but probably tackling both the costumes and the story itself in our podcasts. You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
For those who aren’t regular Frock Flicks readers: this blog and podcast is all about costumes in historical movies and TV shows, and we approach things from the angle of history. So, expect us to be talking about the costumes primarily from the point of view of comparison with the real history of the 1740s. We’ll also talk about costume in terms of story, and the deviations that come with this one having the fantasy element of time travel. But, know that when we talk about that dreaded phrase “historical accuracy,” we’re not doing it to be mean or judgy. It’s just one lens through which to watch this fabulous show.
We begin with Claire in her dressing gown…
Claire goes to a card party with Paris BFF Louise de Rohan and shrinking English violet Mary Hawkins…
Claire is wearing a yellow silk/wool gown that looks very much like the nightgown, a style worn in England in this era (and which would later transition into the robe à l’anglaise). The silk satin (?) stomacher and petticoat were hand painted. It has a matching hooded cape.
Over at Versailles, Jamie is playing chess against Monsieur Duvernay, the French finance minister. He convinces him to meet with Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Claire goes to Maitre Raymond’s to get a contraceptive for her lady’s maid, who is shagging Murtagh. She runs into the Comte St. Germain heading out as she’s heading in…
Claire heads to the charity hospital to volunteer her services…
Jamie is stressed. BPC is claiming that he has secret English financiers, and Duvernay promises French support. He heads home to consult with Claire, but she doesn’t turn up for HOURS. Jamie’s patriarchy gets sore.
Back at Madame Elise’s, there’s a great background scene where a prostitute is painted into a corset backwards…
Jamie tracks down a young pickpocket who works at the brothel, naming him Fergus and enlisting his help to steal letters.
At the hospital, Claire wears a rose silk satin petticoat and bodice — she’s clearly taken off her outer layer to work.
With Mother Hildegarde’s help, Jamie and Claire crack the code in Prince Charlie’s letters. Back at home, Claire puts on a blue silk satin overgown that’s very much in the style of a posing gown.
We want to thank Outlander-Online.com for their awesome screenshots!
What did you think of this round of costumes?
Outlander Season Two, Episode Three, Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!