New Still and Interview with Terry Dresbach from Vanity Fair   5 comments

Here is a new still and interview with Terry Dresbach from Vanity Fair


From Vanity Fair:

Season 2 of Outlander sees our time-traveling heroes—Claire and Jamie Fraser (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan)—leave the muddy fields of Scotland for the court of King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser) in the mirrored halls of Versailles. Louis makes quite the splashy entrance in Episode 2, with mistress Madame Nesle de la Tourelle (Kimberly Smart) on his arm. Loyal as ever to the hugely popular Diana Gabaldon books, the Starz series dressed Nesle in a daring, breast-baring gown with ornate “diamond-encrusted swans” piercing her nipples. On the page, the dress sends the bold and heroic Claire “red-faced and coughing” from the room, “hacking politely into a handkerchief” as she goes. The effect is no less staggering on-screen. spoke with Outlandercostume designer Terry Dresbach about the bold creation that goes where even Game of Thrones wouldn’t.

Please view the new (nsfw) still after the jump!

b-outlander-exclusive-photo So you’re calling this “The Swan Dress.” Do you—

Terry Dresbach: No, we call it “The Nipple Dress.” That’s what we call it in-house.

So how did you settle on the safe-for-work name of “Swan Dress?”

Because in the book it’s decribed as her nipples are pierced with swan jewelry. So that’s what that’s about.

When Diana Gabaldon included this look in the novel, did she draw on historical precedent?

She did. I want to kill her for it. It’s all wonderful on the written page, but when you have to try to figure out how you’re going to pull that off, it’s a whole different ball game. Body piercing goes back to the Egyptians, it’s nothing new. We think we’re bold, we think we push the envelope, but we have nothing on history. There’s a lot of exposure of body parts throughout fashion since the beginning of time.

It was hard to find reference material for it, and we weren’t able to locate a lot of paintings where women at that time had pierced nipples, so we sort of leapt and went with the books and tried to get as close to it as we could creating it ourselves. It was difficult. There’s no jewelry store that sells it. Those nipple rings were created on my kitchen table out of Fimo clay. There were many, many attempts to make swans that would completely do what they needed to do. It’s one of the most interesting jobs I’ve had in my career.

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5 responses to “New Still and Interview with Terry Dresbach from Vanity Fair

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  1. Reblogged this on Ana Fraser Lallybroch Blog.

  2. I earned my way through epic college costumed theatre productions. Lovd evry minute. Totally straight for the record.

  3. Terry, do you make only one of each dress? How do you repair ?

  4. Reblogged this on andreastam.

  5. Pinned onto Outlander the Series.

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