Terry Dres­bach

‘Out­lander’

Los Angeles Times - - THE ENVELOPE -

“We’re sto­ry­tellers,” says Dres­bach, “and my medium hap­pens to be cloth­ing. There are char­ac­ters who come along that you get to re­ally tell a story with.” For Dres­bach, it’s Hugh Munro (Simon Mea­cock), a mute ped­dler “with maybe 20 min­utes of screen time,” who wears her fa­vorite cos­tume.

“His clothes are made of rags, lit­er­ally; we found them on a fab­ric mill floor, wove them to­gether and wove into them all th­ese an­tique medal­lions and medals and badges — we had a 1950s swim­ming medal, one from the 1800s — around his neck and a beaten up old hat,” says Dres­bach, who lives with her hus­band, se­ries cre­ator Ron­ald Moore, in an 18th cen­tury house in Scot­land while work­ing on the se­ries. “We painted and sanded the cos­tume, and we spent weeks aging it. It’s an art piece, an amaz­ing thing.

“Ninety-five per­cent of what is on cam­era we’ve made at our shop,” she says of the cos­tumes. “We started out with a team of about 12 peo­ple, and on a good day we can be up to as high as 75. We are our own lit­tle fac­tory, churn­ing out 18th cen­tury cos­tumes. We’re work­ing on Sea­son 2 and have to make 900 ex­tras cos­tumes. And we have to age them, hit them with blow torches and spray ma­chines. It’s an enor­mous en­deavor and a real joy to do this. Scot­land and Scot­tish cos­tume is amaz­ing.”

Neil David­son Starz

EN­VE­LOPE STORY FOR JUNE 11, 2015. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUB­LI­CA­TION********** Hugh

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