Outlander fans have had to wait an extra week to witness the emotionally grueling conclusion to Season 1. But for the devoted who live within driving distance of Los Angeles, there will be 12 straight-from-the-Scotland-set costumes on display at the Grove outdoor mall until May 31.
The exhibit, called “A Tartan Affair” — which consists of clothing, shoes, and accessories worn by Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Tobias Menzies (Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall), Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie), and Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan) — was unveiled Friday morning by the show’s executive producer, Ronald D. Moore, as about 100 fans looked on, snapped photos, and begged for a Season 2 scoop.
“I was driving here this morning and had that moment of trepidation. ‘What if there’s nobody there?’ You always worry no one will show,” Moore tells Yahoo TV. “So I’m just glad they came out, even if I have to bribe them with a few teases about next season while they have me cornered.”
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Moore got big laughs when he jokes that he was in town to show off some flight suits and Starbuck’s helmet from his last cult TV hit, the remake of Battlestar Galactica. “It would have been funny to actually pull that prank and see their faces,” Moore says.
The pièce de résistance of the real collection is Claire’s wedding dress, but the three giant glass display cubes (located in two areas of the shopping center) also house her groom’s threads, their everyday traveling clothes, redcoat uniforms, other Highlander gear and kilts, a few weapons, and 1940s Frank and Claire getaway garb. The windows also contain TV screens with looped videos of costume sketches, set pictures and mockups, and footage of the actors in the outfits.
“Everything was made for the show, a lot of it by hand, by [costume designer] Terry [Dresbach], her team, and local artisans and companies we found in Scotland. Nothing was rented,” Moore explains. “It was a huge undertaking made possible by passion and skills. I am so proud of the work they did, so I am happy to show it off in public. Terry wished she could be here today, but she is in Scotland hard at work on the costumes for Season 2.”
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Diana Gabaldon, the author of the best-selling book series the show is based on, will close the exhibition with a Q&A at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble store at 2 p.m. on May 31, the day after the finale airs on Starz.
“We are very happy with Season 1 and with how the finale turned out. Fair warning: It is very dark and very intense, but there are a few happy moments in there, too,” Moore warns. “But we don’t hold back just because the subject matter is uncomfortable. Besides, it is what happens in the book, and we have always tried to produce a faithful adaptation. We weren’t going to stop that now.”
Outlander airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz. Catch the Season 1 finale on May 30.