Here is the second part of Jamie’s costumes for Season 2 that Terry refers to as Posh Jamie!
We needed to create costumes for Jamie that would move him into very formal wear. Personally, I find the embroidery on men’s suits incredibly sexy. There is something about a man so confident in his sexuality that he is not threatened by decoration. That men’s clothing has to be stripped bare, or it MEANS SOMETHING (gasp), is such a conceit of a later time, and an attitude that I think is very narrow and less progressive than earlier times. Again, we think we are so advanced compared to earlier periods of history. We had a recent discussion on Twitter about how restrictive corsets were to women, but once I posted pictures of Victoria Secret push-up bras, the discussion expanded.
ANYWAY, case in point. (We also love this one!)
I LOVE THIS SHOT. I took it on set. It was the moment I knew we had got it right. Here is a very relaxed and confident man, a very masculine man. A very confident man. A man secure enough not to be threatened by some embroidered silk. (We totally agree with Terry!)
This shot is taken between takes, so this man is not Jamie Fraser, it is Sam Heughan. I knew at this moment that Sam felt comfortable with the direction we had taken him in Paris, and could get on with the business of playing Jamie. Languid, is the word that comes to mind.
Another great shot. I love how Sam/Jamie is cradling his wounded hand.
The Waistcoat. It is not called a vest, people ;).
At some point, Liz bought an 18th-century waistcoat on eBay, for a ridiculously low price. She brought it in for us all to study. It was later in the century, but really fit into the direction I wanted to do, cream with gold and silver embroidery.Very masculine. I THINK we copied it, don’t remember exactly, we probably modified it a bit, but pretty damned close to the original. I am in love with this waistcoat.
Look at all the details.
Can’t imagine how long it took to make this entire costume!