New Interview with Terry Dresbach from A.V. Club   3 comments

Here is a new interview with Terry Dresbach from A.V. Club

The Paley Center for Media presents The Artistry of "Outlander"

From A.V. Club:

Outlander has some of the best—if not the best—costume design on television, and it’s all thanks to Terry Dresbach. The costume designer has worked on projects like Rounders and Very Bad Things, but she’s recently come into her own on the Starz show, where she’s immersed herself in everything from weaving 18th-century Scottish tartans to blending a 1940s aesthetic with peak Versailles-era French court clothes. With Outlander’s season finale approaching this Saturday and a number of the show’s outfits now on display at Los Angeles’ Paley Center,The A.V. Club talked with Dresbach about digital embroidery, the show’s wonderful scarves, and working in the male-dominated field of television production.

More after the jump!

The A.V. Club: How did you get into the business, and how did you end up working on Outlander?

Terry Dresbach: Well, I married the showrunner [Ronald D. Moore]. I joked the other day that it was a very convoluted and complicated way to get ontoOutlander, but it works.

Really, I got into the business by accident. I was a painter and went to art school for sculpture, and you can’t really survive doing that. Well, you can, but I couldn’t. A film came to town in San Francisco, and I ran away with the circus. I wanted to be a production designer, but as a woman, it’s a hard row to hoe. It’s a very male-oriented area of the business, and costume design is sort of the women’s ghetto. A place you can definitely get in. They don’t have any problem with you being a woman. So there I was.

Outlander came about after I’d read it for many years. I read it not too long after it came out, actually. There was a dog-eared copy on our bookcase, and when we were moving, Ron was like, “What is this tattered book?” “Oh, that’s Outlander. You should make a movie.” He was like, “Uh-huh, you say that about everything you read.” And then we had a fateful dinner with Maril [Davis]. Maril is Ron’s producing partner. I don’t even remember how it came up in conversation, but both of us discovered that we’d read the book, and it was this weird, “Oh, you craft, too?” kind of moment. Maril and I were like, “Oh, my god! You read it?” And then we both turned to Ron and went, “Okay, that’s it, you’re dead, you have to make it now.” So there you go.

I didn’t want to do the show. I tried to get out of doing it. I tried many, many times, and in many ways. Finally, they just couldn’t find anybody. They were really struggling, and I just knew how huge it was going to be and that you never get enough prep time in television, ever, or movies. This show is so enormous. I just knew it would be the end of life as I knew it. I agreed to come get it started, and that I would be in Scotland for three months, and I’m going on four years now, I think. There’s just no escape.

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3 responses to “New Interview with Terry Dresbach from A.V. Club

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  1. Terry is delightful – she has that rare wit when she speaks. And she’s a master at her craft!

  2. very interesting

  3. Pinned onto Outlander the Series.

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