9 Things We Learned at “The Artistry of Outlander“
As Emmy season heats up, the Starz original series Outlander laid out a strong case for its costumes and set design categories last week with the opening of the exhibition, “The Artistry of Outlander,” at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Cast and creatives from the show, including actors Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), costume designer Terry Dresbach, production designer Jon Gary Steele and executive producers Maril Davis and Ronald D. Moore (who happens to be Dresbach’s husband), attended the exhibition preview. All were in attendance to celebrate the gorgeous costumes and elaborate sets, and to talk about recreating 18th century Parisian society for the show’s second season.
Unlike the more straightforward costume dramas or period pieces on television, Outlanderblends the genres of sci-fi, romance and history, following a British nurse and World War II veteran (Balfe) as she accidentally travels back in time from the 1940s to the 1740s in Scotland and Paris. Instead of delving into a singular time period and setting, the show focuses on a multiplicity of eras and characters, which is a challenge for all those involved.
We learned several surprising facts during the walkthrough of an exhibition that includes Steele’s models, designs and life-size photography of sets, as well as a number of the dazzling costumes, including Claire’s famous “red dress,” detailed in Diana Gabaldon’s second novel Dragonfly in Amber, (on which this season is based). “Both Gary and Terry are such artists,” Balfe said during the preview. “It makes our job so much easier when you have all of that support. It takes away a lot of our job of trying to imagine ourselves in a particular place.”
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