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.
Your Frock Flickers are still in Paris (you can find pics of what we’ve been up to on Facebook!), so it’s just Kendra today on the blog while Sarah madly packs to head home! You’ll find both of us on the podcast, as well as two special guests: fashion historian and former professional TV/film costume designer Lisa VandenBerghe, and fashion historian/cordwainer (shoemaker) Francis Classe!
We’re back in Scotland, baby! And all the costumes are nicely made from interesting fabrics and supremely un-shiny. Bah!
Jenny is practical with laced-on sleeves… although I’m not sure that’s really accurate to this period? Laced-on sleeves seems to be a medieval/Renaissance thing, but I’m not an expert. Weigh in.
ooo, interesting trim, pretty center front lacing, and sewn-in sleeves!
Jamie must be SO relieved to get back into wool, wool, and more wool!
Okay, now that’s a lovely embroidered shawl/fichu/wrap on Jenny! I liked the fringed edges too.
Jamie veered back and forth between dorky and hot hair. This is a hot hair shot — it’s the tousle. Keep tousling, Jamie!
Claire wears her arisaid (the woman’s version of a kilt) in very practical, appropriate ways in this episode. And she looks snuggly.
Jamie’s grandfather may be an important lord/laird, but he’s team Bog People when it comes to attire. And hair. And general demeanor.
Laoghaire goes team Puritan in her jacket, fichu, and cap.
Lord Lovat dresses up with a cravat and waistcoat! Crazytown!
Laoghaire’s jacket fits her beautifully, and I love the pleats in the sleeves/cuffs at the elbow bend. We discussed the possible need to distress this a bit more on the podcast.
Boned stomachers are ubiquitous in the Scottish scenes.
Historical knitters, what did you think of this wrap? It’s chunky, but it’s not crazy chunky like in season 1! (Most historical knitters object to the chunky knits as they’re not as warm as tight knits, and therefore not really a practical use of wool, and not what was done in the period. Modern knitters, on the other hand, keel over in happiness).
Laoghaire gets her hair out to tempt Lord Lovat’s son.
It reads perfectly for a modern audience, and clearly Lovat Jr. is picking up what she’s laying down.
Colum shows up looking better than Lord Lovat, but that’s not hard. His long coat has a fur lining that shows on the collar turn-backs and cuffs.
ooooo, I love how Claire is wrapping her arisaid (plaid)! It’s functional and chic.
Daw, Lovat Jr. looks almost All Grow’d Up in his plaid and tam!
Holy crap, Lovat Sr. can actually put himself together!
Love the green velvet coat — it’s nice but fits his Bog Person persona.
Thanks to Kiss Them Goodbye for the screen caps!
Outlander Season Two, Episode Eight, Podcast Recap
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