10 Outlandish Statements Only Outlander Costume Designer Terry Dresbach Can Make

This is why we love Terry so much. She is not only incredible talented and creative, but also so damn funny, down to earth and real!

By now you’ve likely gotten an eyeful of the famed “swan dress” (yep, that’s it, above right),  the racy couture creation  first imagined in Diana Gabaldon’s cult-loved Outlander books and worn by Madame Nesle de la Tourelle (Kimberly Smart) on the acclaimed Starz drama. The sophomore season of the breakout hit has brought to life many of the author’s most beloved sartorial moments—Claire Fraser’s (Caitriona Balfe) plunging scarlet gown and saffron petticoat and Claire Sermonne’s (Louise de Rohan) seafoam nipple-baring corset, among them—thanks to celebrity-in-her-own-right costume designer Terry Dresbach. Here, the woman behind “the least patriarchal costumes on television” reveals ten things you never knew about recreating 18th century Parisian fashion, modern day red carpets, and what goes into making historically accurate nipple clamps that would make even a KarJenner blush:

1. Fashion, in general, used to be much more badass:

“People think that we are risqué now, but we have nothing on history in terms of risqué fashion. In the late 18th century, around the time of Napoleon, they made dresses that were made out of sheer gauze, that they would then wet. It would make a wet T-shirt contest look like you were wearing wool.”

2. Kendall Jenner’s nipple piercing is hardly scandalous:

“There’s no place where you can buy 18th century swan nipple jewelry. There’s not a big market for that,” Dresbach says with a laugh. “But I did type it into my Google search, like, ‘swan nipple jewelry.’ And, I didn’t find any.”

3. Just don’t tell Dresbach’s kids that:

“You always have time constraints, you know? Are you going to hire a jeweler to make this? So it ended up being me sculpting those swans on my kitchen table, and my kids walking in the room and saying, ‘What are you doing?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m making nipple jewelry, kids.’ They’re teenagers, and they just roll their eyes, like, ‘Mom, can’t you be normal?’



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