Standard “there are no spoilers in history” warnings apply, here. However, since there are spoilers in fictional shows, there are, in fact, spoilers discussed at great length within this post. Kindly avert your gaze, if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing. Otherwise, come with me as I delve into this week’s installment of Outlander.
This is the episode with THE PRINT SHOP SCENE, so naturally, we had to bump a regularly scheduled Man Candy Monday to address the momentous occasion. Sadly, this episode is one giant tease, since we get approximately 5 minutes at the very end of Claire wandering the streets of 1766 Edinburgh, heart in her throat, before the show is over and we have to wait until next-freaking-week to get some proper costume content. Also, some proper Claire-and-Jamie shmoopiness.
Anyway. What this episode did deliver was a major deviation from the novel. In the novel Voyager, Claire purchases a dress to wear for her time traveling, from a certain “Jessica Gutenberg.” Based on the description in the book, the dress is more or less a late-’60s Jessica McClintock/Gunne Sax prairie dress, complete with zipper. I, for one, was really holding out hope that we’d get some obnoxious calico-and-lace concoction on Claire, because I have a serious soft-spot for vintage Gunne Sax. Also, it would be, like, the one time in all of cinematic history, where a blatantly, obviously historically inaccurate dress would be SO APPROPRIATE.
Alas, the show’s costume designer, Terry Dresbach, dashed my hopes. But she did so in a way that I can’t help but feel is a nod to the historical costuming community, and once I got over my sadness at being deprived of a “Jessica Gutenberg” dress, I was tickled by the change.
Claire converts a coat into a very attractive riding habit, sewing the whole thing on her sewing machine (because homegirl is on a mission and ain’t got no time for hand sewing). I mean, let’s be real. Show Claire (as opposed to Book Claire) would absolutely not half-ass something as important as the dress she is going to wear when she reunites with Jamie. So, even while I was sad that we didn’t get any Summer of Love realness going on, I really appreciated the change in script.
And that, my friends, is basically all the 18th-century costume content you get in this episode. We’re going to have to wait until next week to get both the 18th-century clothing fix and the Jamie and Claire fix we’ve all been dyyyyying for.
In the meantime, what did you think of the sewing montage in this episode? Share your thoughts in the comments!