“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.”
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