I don’t know that I have too much to say about the last few episodes of Outlander, but I promised Trystan I would watch it, and maybe y’all have thoughts? We’ve mostly been in the backcountry, so it’s all nubby wool and knitted things and sticking to the same practical costume world that was built long ago. That being said, there’s a lot of great layering and distressing and subtle details, but it’s harder for me to write much about that!
I did enjoy reading this interview at EW.com with costume designer Terry Dresbach, especially her reflections on costuming the Native Americans:
You’re talking about two groups of people who were in a genocidal war. Part of that genocide was to not only wipe them out physically, but to wipe out their culture. I researched it for a year and talked to different people in different tribes. I spent a lot of time talking to the Smithsonian. At one point somebody at the Smithsonian said to me, “If you’re asking me about the Cheyenne or the Navajo, we can give you a lot of information because there are photographs.” But the Eastern Woodlands Indians were virtually wiped out, and the people who would’ve kept records of them were the ones who were wiping them out … We really crossed our fingers while trying to give as accurate a representation as humanly possible while being able to sleep at night. It was a hugely important thing to us to get this right and not to buckle into any bad stereotypes. And it was distressing to find out that I couldn’t have a 100 percent verified “this is what happened.” I had to pull together a little bit here and a little bit there.
Probably the best thing was Brianna’s Holly Hobby dress that she wears to go back to the 18th century:
However, I spent the rest of the episode scoffing at her messy/tousled 1990’s updo. Brianna has straight hair. There is no reason her hair would do this naturally. It CLEARLY has nothing to do with the 18th century. Why didn’t Laoghaire grab a comb and organize this rat’s nest?
Claire is keeping it ultra-warm and relatively practical:
I’m assuming Willie’s bangs are to make him look more like Jamie, but he just looked like Little Lord Fauntleroy to me:
I liked Brianna wearing Claire’s fur-lined coat:
Although I question this bonnet-y thing on her new servant’s head:
Roger lost all sex appeal when he shaved his beard:
I finally realized I recognized (the actor who plays) Stephen Bonnet from Downton Abbey (Jimmy):
And I came across this shot of some extras on set and had a good laugh at the bodice on the left:
Fingers crossed we head back to River Run for some shiny!
What’s your take on Outlander season 4 so far?