Press: Outlander star Sam Heughan reveals he wanted to keep Jamie’s kilt in France

THE Scots actor has opened up about the new costumes worn in Season 2 and revealed he “very much wanted to keep the kilt in France”.

THE new setting in Outlander Season 2 has brought more than a few changes to the show’s main characters. Scots actor Sam Heughan , who plays Jamie Fraser in the show, opened up about the how there is “more politics, more backstabbing and darkness” than before. But another one of the dramatic differences fans have taken on board as the story progresses in Paris is the new costumes worn by Jamie and Claire.

The tartan kilts and darker tones of Highland living has been traded for bright and luscious fabrics so the couple can fit in with the style and class of the French capital. Sam has opened up about the new costumes and revealed he “very much wanted to keep the kilt in France.” He told Parade: “I think it’s important that Jamie wears that, and he does wear it in various places in Season 2, so it’s not gone. It wouldn’t have been unusual to see a kilt in the French court. “However, there was definitely a style and a class, and he’s trying to ingratiate himself into the upper echelons of high society, so he’s having to be someone else, but the kilt is still there.”

Sam also spoke of the “amazing job” done by the show’s costume designer Terry Dresbach for the new season. He added: “Terry [Dresbach] has just done an amazing job. Jamie wears a lot of black in this season, and, I think, it’s really important, because he’s a shadow of himself for a long time, and I think that somehow that’s reflected in the way that he dresses.”

The work put into the costumes in the new season was described as a “monumental task” by Outlander’s designer Terry Dresbach. Terry revealed the lengths the team went to recreate the fashion of 18th century France. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the season premiere, Terry said: “It’s a massive season. We figured out recently that we’ve made over 10,000 items for season 2 and acquired another 5,000 shoes.”

She added: “But France [in the 18th century] was one of the most well-documented periods of fashion in the world, so you better get it right. There is no wiggle room. Everything has to be sumptuous and lavish and every inch is beaded and embroidered.”
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