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.
Claire (and Fergus) have waited up all night for Jamie to return from the Bastille prison, where he was sent after the dinner party brawl the night before.
Jamie is still in his black satin jacket and embroidered waistcoat from the party. — Kendra
Definitely thinking of his black satin jacket as “Jamie’s Leather Jacket” now. — Sarah
I loved this fabric. Very appropriate for the 18th century. — Sarah
What Sarah said! Claire clearly got a new shipment of dressing gowns! — Kendra
We never see the back on screen, but this promo still gives us a peek. — Kendra
Aw. Tragic Jamie Hair is tragic. — Sarah
Jamie: “Sigh.” — Kendra
The next day…
I randomly really liked this extra (the fancy one in the middle), even though you can’t really see her clearly. — Kendra
Jamie is at work at the wine shop. Murtagh feels terrible about being overpowered during Claire & Mary’s attack. He vows to find the person responsible.
Jesus, would you look at those cheek bones??? Also, nice lacing in the back of his weskit. Love. — Sarah
-_- — Sarah
Murtagh’s suit is perfectly appropriate to his class station, and those flat brass buttons are totally right for this era. — Kendra
Jamie is wearing a kilt and sporran (the belted pouch) at work — his preferred outfit. — Kendra
Claire goes to visit Mary Hawkins. She comforts Mary, assures her that it wasn’t her fault and that she probably isn’t pregnant, and learns that Mary won’t be marrying the French guy and has planned to marry Alexander Randall.
Prim little cap! Very 18th century appropriate but also kinda butterchurny. — Sarah
Waiting for the crocheted shawl pattern to drop on Ravelry in 3…2…1… — Sarah
Waiting for the analysis to drop on Ravelry’s Historical Knitters group (is there one for Historical Crocheters?) in 3…2…1… — Kendra
Claire visits in what I originally thought was a new riding habit, but Sarah reminded me that this is the one she wears in episode 3, just with different accessories. — Kendra
This hat is SO 1740s, but it’s also SO 1940s-50s. Note the shimmery feathers around the crown of the hat, which matches the feather spray pinned to her breast. — Kendra
Mary gives Claire a note exonerating Alexander from her attack (Alexander is currently in prison). Claire debates whether or not to burn the note. She’s worried that since Jack Randall and Mary are supposed to have a child that will be an ancestor of Frank, if she encourages Mary and Alexander’s marriage then Frank won’t be born. She finally decides against burning the note.
Back at the wine shop, Bonnie Prince Chuckie turns up. His English financial backers have fallen through, but he has an elaborate plan that involves selling a shipment of wine with the Comte Saint Germain. With those profits, he feels he can definitely get the French to support his cause.
I love this wig. Cannot get enough of it. — Sarah
ALL. THE. GOLD. BRAID. — Sarah
Chuckie’s wig style, with the unstructured side curls, would have been very fashionable in the 1730s. It’s absolutely still a style that would be worn in the 1740s. — Kendra
This just screams of HoYay. — Sarah
I just hear Mr. Bennet saying, “No lace, Mrs. Bennet. No lace!” — Kendra
Love BPC’s finely turned calves. Also, mmmm pockets. — Sarah
Chuckie is Team Fancy Outfits! — Kendra
Check out how they applied the gold braid to the pleats and vents in the jacket’s skirtings. SO lovely. — Kendra
Claire and Alexander Randall have a chat. Claire tells him that Mary would be miserable following him from city to city as he looks for work. Alexander vows to give up Mary.
Matching purse, so 1940s! My grandmother still matches her purse to every outfit she wears. — Sarah
Sarah and I debated on the podcast whether this is a blue wool dress with matching capelet and mulberry mitts, or the mulberry riding habit from the earlier scene with a full blue wool cloak over it. — Kendra
The bow is a nice feminine touch that avoids any uncharacteristic-for-Claire froof. — Kendra
:| — Sarah
I’m happy to see a tricorn, or “cocked hat” as it was called in the period (at least in England)! — Kendra
Speckled wool jacket. Nice. — Sarah
Over at Maison Elise, Jamie meets with the Comte Saint Germain about BPC’s wine plan. He basically tells the Comte that whenever he finds Claire’s/Mary’s attacker, he will kill them.
Brocade jacket + silk skirt… Is it period? Not sure. But reenactors do it all the time. — Sarah
At the highest class, it would be more typical to have the whole ensemble made from the same fabric, particularly in France. However, clearly this is an efficient use of limited budget/yardage — use the fancier fabric for the top garment, and a matching solid for the petticoat. — Kendra
We decided on the podcast that this is the same dress worn in episode 2 with a different stomacher & petticoat. Love the silver embroidery/woven pattern! — Kendra
LEATHER JACKET, GUYS. SERIOUSLY. — Sarah
Something about the Comte de Saint Germain isn’t working for me here and I think it’s his eyebrows. — Sarah
Nooo! The eyebrows are a huge part of his charm! (Also, the embroidery on this jacket is very similar to that on his blue jacket in episode 3). — Kendra
Back at home, Jamie updates Claire.
ANOTHER new dressing gown for Claire! This one looks like a black satin with a woven sprig floral pattern. — Kendra
Now that I know knee high leather boots with buckles are period, I WANT EVERY MAN TO WEAR THEM ALL THE TIME. — Sarah
You can read all about these boots on Terry Dresbach’s blog. I REALLY need to see the satin version, because, ROWR. I’m not so convinced by the leather motorcycle boots. — Kendra
The next day, we’re off to Versailles. Jamie is supposed to help the Duke of Sandringham buy a horse.
Garden porn! — Kendra
The Duke’s waistcoat isn’t at all the same, but it’s a pattern that reminds me of the famous Scalamandre strawberry fabric. Note more trapunto on the vent in Jamie’s coat. — Kendra
Jamie’s sand colored trapunto suit. OMFG. WANT. — Sarah
Claire’s brown 1950s floral dress — yea or nay? For me, I think it’s aesthetically gorgeous, especially with the yellow petticoat and yellow leather gloves. However… there’s NO WAY that floral design would exist in the 1740s. — Kendra
Here are images Kendra posted in our Outlander Season 2 Preview post — first, real 18th century florals:
A selection of real 18th-century floral dresses.
Next up, mid-20th century florals:
1940s-70s dresses with large scale floral prints.
Side lacing vents on Claire’s dress to allow for pregnancy expansion. You definitely see that in the period. — Kendra
For comparison, here’s an example of a real 18th century maternity ensemble:
Maternity Ensemble, 1780-1795, Britain, Colonial Williamsburg
Claire runs into Annalise, Jamie’s flame from his teen years. The two go for a walk and both try to pee on Jamie.
I’m not sure I like this outfit, but I know that it is straight up Trystan’s alley. — Sarah
LOVE the silver lace! Love the color of the jacket! Dislike that it’s dupioni, a slubbed (ie rough) silk, which would never have been used in this era (or any era, really, before the 1940s at the earliest). — Kendra
The cut and styling of Annalise’s jacket, however, is right out of the 1740s. And, I love the colors! — Kendra
Kendra will bet you a million dollars that they based it on this real 1730s jacket at the Musée Galliera in Paris:
Casaquin, c. 1730-40. Musée Galliera
And her cute little tricorn! — Kendra
Another hat on Claire that manages to be both 1740s and 1950s at the same time. — Kendra
Still not really a fan of this dress. You will all tell me I’m wrong, of course. — Sarah
The horizontal bust darts are 100% accurate for a high-necked bodice. — Kendra
Claire sees Jack Randall and is justifiably upset. He’s in Paris looking after his brother. He’s way too excited to see Claire.
Everybody’s talking ’bout a sharp dressed man. — Sarah
I do love a man in uniform, even if I HATE Jack Randall. — Kendra
The king turns up, and basically cuts Jack Randall right and left.
Hi. Yes, please. — Sarah
Thank you, Louis XV, for making Jack Randall feel like a worm. — Kendra
Jamie comes over to collect Claire, and sees Jack. The couple walk away, then Jamie heads back to talk to Jack — he has arranged a duel.
THIS. YES. — Sarah
These unsaturated colors go together really beautifully. — Kendra
Jamie and Murtagh are making plans for the duel, when Claire turns up. She begs Jamie to not kill Jack for a year, so that Frank can be born. Jamie is very upset, as to be expected. Claire finally gets Jamie to agree only by saying that he owes her a life, as she’s saved his twice.
We want to thank Outlander-Online.com for their awesome screenshots!
Okay kids. What’s your vote on the brown & yellow dress? What did you think of all the other costumes?
Outlander Season Two, Episode Five, Podcast Recap
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