Who motivates you? I find myself constantly inspired by many people around me, as well as the creative minds behind the authenticity of Outlander itself. From costumes to set design, I continue to be amazed by their innovation, drive for their craft, and their willingness to share their vision and inspiration of specific pieces with fans.
Watching the process from afar has been a pleasant journey. However, when I had the opportunity to meet someone I greatly admire, I was filled with excitement that was beyond words. Needless to say, I struggled to maintain my composure during a brief conversation with one person who absolutely moves me: the beautiful and talented Terry Dresbach.
I have been fortunate to see the Emmy nominated costumes at the Artistry of Outlander exhibit at the Paley Center and the Art of Television Costume Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. You can see our articles about our visits here. These exhibits were priceless. There was no better feeling than seeing the intricate details of each costume up close. One of my favorite quotes about costume design was found on a panel at the FIDM during their Costume Exhibition.
“Costume designers are time travelers. Before dressing a period television series, they must immerse themselves in the historic era; they research vintage magazines and antique fashion plates and peruse old photographs.”
As I read this, my first thought was how true these statements are. In my opinion, Terry Dresbach has set a new bar for costume design. She brought historically influenced pieces to life by producing her own fabrics and accessories, including shoes, bags, and hats, as well as petticoats and gloves. Her talented team could make anything necessary, even in the finest of details, to make the Outlander costumes a true representation of the clothing you would see in that time period.
Prior to these exhibitions, I was able to get tickets to “Inside the Writers Room with Outlander” located at the Writers Guild Foundation. On June 7, 2016, I immediately negotiated a change in my work and children’s schedule so I could attend. The panel featured the producers and writers of Outlander, which included Ronald D. Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Anne Kenney, and Toni Graphia. Listening to the panel was so enjoyable because they shared their perspectives and thoughts of the current and up-coming season. Upon the conclusion of the panel, I was delighted to see Terry Dresbach in attendance as she came to support her husband, Ronald D. Moore. Seeing an opportunity to visit with her, I patiently waited in the line that quickly formed and rehearsed what I hoped to say.
When it was my turn, I took a deep breath and found the courage to briefly state my sincere appreciation for how the costumes enhanced the storyline and brought individual characters to life. I was ecstatic when I also had the opportunity to ask her to sign my peony floral scarf that I had purchased from Red Bubble, which represented my favorite gown from season two.
This was a moment I will always remember. I have never been part of a fandom before Outlander. Besides my love of Diana Gabaldon’s writing, I have found that it is easy to immerse myself in learning more about what it takes to adapt my favorite books to the highly regarded television series. Terry Dresbach was no exception. She was so gracious and easy to talk to. I honestly enjoyed every moment, as brief as it was. It was wonderful to be able to meet someone that encourages me to search for my own creativity. This quest for expression through various artistic mediums has become my new strategy to cope with the daily stresses of working in the medical field.
I felt so thankful to attend this unique and special occasion to meet her. I considered this my favorite scarf before, but I love it even more now that it has been signed by Terry Dresbach!
I look forward to learning more about her creative processes and the logistics of costume production for such a large series, especially with the highly anticipated release of season three. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy reading her tweets @OutlanderCostum.
In conclusion, I wanted to send a sincere thank you to Terry Dresbach for bringing Outlander to life through her one of a kind costume designs. Each costume has played an integral part in the production of the series. They have been woven seamlessly into the building of each character portrayal from our cherished books, transporting us into another time and creating moments that are never forgotten. We are blessed!
From a Thankful Fan,
I also must send a sincere thank you to my friends who helped me capture these moments which I will always cherish. Dearest friends always support each other’s wee addictions. I am forever grateful.
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