Terry and Nina have been nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award. The awards event, which will take place Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton, will honor excellence in costume design for film, TV and short form.
You can see a complete list of nominees here.
Outlander's Terry Dresbach on the "Terrifying" Challenge of Designing This Season's Native American Costumes
t's no secret that Hollywood has a horrible track record of portraying Native Americans in film and television, and stereotypical depictions of the indigenous people of this continent continue to persist even today.
That legacy of disrespect is why for season four, Outlander's costume designer Terry Dresbach was committed to recreating the clothing of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nations characters as authentically as she could.
“It was daunting. And I knew that we had an obligation to do it right," she told me over the phone. "Hollywood has had a bad history with this, and I wanted to right that. I wanted to do it properly, and I staked that claim from day one with everybody I worked with. I said, 'We’re going to do this right, we’re going to do this as accurately as possible.'"
But that mission proved to be more difficult than she initially thought.
"I started doing my research and just wanted to throw up because there’s just so little information," she admitted.
Dresbach says her team "consulted with everyone we possibly could" and that she spent a year on the research for the Native American costumes this season, which is the most she’d done for anything related to the show. But she was still left with questions.
Costumes from this season of Outlander, many of which have yet to be seen on-screen, are currently on display at Savannah College of Art and Design in a new exhibit called "The New World: Outlander Season Four."
"What’s really wonderful about this exhibit is it’s a chance for people to see the season four costumes ahead of the actual airing of the show." Dresbach tells me over the phone.
"I had always fought against that because I’m sort of old-school and like people to see things on-screen as part of the story, but I’ve long since figured out that doesn’t work anymore, and I should probably move with the times. There's an interest there for people, and so it’s this rich opportunity to actually let people see what they’re going to be getting. It’s really amazing."
Terry Dresbach, the Emmy nominated costume designer who oversaw the costume department on the Outlander set, announced on Twitter she will be stepping down from the show after season four.
"Working with Terry, we had racks of clothes, and I felt like I was in the best vintage store ever, which was really fun…The sixties is one of my favorite eras. What I love about Claire is that, you know, she’s a professional woman. She’s stylish without being a victim to the fashion of the time. She’s within the period, but it feels very real and it feels very lived in. It’s not a magazine versions of the sixties. Terry loves finding very practical character based looks.
We have some beautiful pieces. There’s a beautiful coat dress that echoes some of my more equestrian-style outfits from Paris. It’s kind of nice that there’s always shades of who Claire is in any century, throughout her wardrobe.”
-Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser)
How ‘Outlander's’ costume guru makes the show's historical fashion mash-up work so well for Claire and Jamie
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On display at the Paley Center in Los Angeles
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California
June 8 to August 14, 2016.
Admission is FREE and open to the public.
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