I have always loved the costume designs detailed in Outlander. The first costume display I had seen was during season 1, where many of the iconic costumes were on display in Los Angeles. They were beautiful and authentic to the time period, even specifically weathered to make them more realistic. Seeing this exhibit made me truly appreciate the attention to detail and level of artistry displayed in Terry Dresbach’s designs. Nothing truly compares to her work. She was able to integrate the natural beauty of the landscape and culture into each design. It was breathtaking to say the least!
Hearing the call of Terry Dresbach’s Costumes blog pulled me to Los Angeles again to see the exhibit at the Paley Center. I have always loved fashion and design. However, she has completely changed my level of appreciation for fashion and the story it tells at different points in history. I have a greater appreciation of the key components that influence designs and supplemental details, such as the culture, class, or personality of the wearer itself.
As I began to become more interested in fashion and history, I decided to visit an incredible exhibit at Kensington Palace while I was visiting London, England.
The first portion of the museum I visited was an exhibit entitled “Victoria Revealed.” The presentation of personal objects, gowns, and photography collections gave great insight into her life. A few pieces completely stood out from the exhibit. This included Queen Victoria’s wedding dress, Prince Albert’s formal attire, and a collection of meaningful personal items.
The wedding attire of Prince Albert was equally as detailed.
This portion of the museum also displayed important personal collections of Queen Victoria. Including a book, bracelet, and miniature portraits commissioned by the Queen.
The next area of the museum I visited included pieces of the royal dress collection that dated from the 17th to 18th century. I never realized the extent of the style of dress during that time period. One highlight of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection was the style of dress called the mantua, fashionable in the mid-17th century.
The formal wear for men of the court was equally as detailed as the ladies. An example of this form of court wear was on display, which dated from about 1770. The suites were made of the finest fashionable silks, often in vivid colors and elaborately embroidered. This example brought me right back to Terry’s costume creations for Paris in Season 2.
Just as Outlander jumped between time periods in the season finale, the exhibition then featured rare and exquisite dresses worn by HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana. Providing a glance back through the royal fashions of 1950’s through the 1980’s.
The iconic gowns they wore were displayed with the pictures of the special event they attended. Designed by different designers, all were equal in exquisite detail and elegant design. You may even recognize a few, I certainly did.
The gowns displayed were absolutely timeless and I thought they could still grace the red carpet today.
The gowns worn by HM the Queen Elizabeth, were also timeless in design. The details of each gown was made to reflect or give tribute to the event she was attending. I can only imagine her reception wearing gowns as stunning as these. Even to this day, HM the Queen gives so much forethought into every aspect of her attire.
If you ever find yourself searching for more insight into history and fashion while we await season 3 of Outlander, you may enjoy looking at the information of the exhibits present at Kensington Palace via a web search or visit. You will not be disappointed.
Looking at each of the exhibits at Kensington Palace always brings me back to Outlander. The historical reference of fashion can be imagined through Terry Dresbach’s beautiful designs. The costume exhibit at the Paley Center was a visual feast, worthy of multiple visits to capture the details she artistically displays. Recent Emmy nominations are well deserved! Outlander continues to inspire me on so many levels. Where has your inspiration led you?
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