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Outlander - Season 2, Episode 2, Claire's Red Dress

Outlander Vacation Destinations - Season 2, Episode 2 - the Red Dress

Claire's Red Dress - The One Thing in Season 2 of Outlander You Won't Forget

Filming sites in Season 2 of the Outlander series and the many locations that you can visit yourself as vacation destinations -- took a few new turns and twists when it came to the magical and swooning over love Outlander fans had when it came to the costumes worn in this season.  

Many of the scenes that were time traveled to Versailles, France (but filmed at Drummond Castle Gardens, Wilton House (England), Goford House, and several other sites).  The filming of the ballroom and garden scenes brought fans to a 1700s  time period, when the wealthy dazzled both themselves and others in an effort to outdo each other with fashion. 

Meanwhile, Outlander book fans knew the dress from "Dragonfly in Amber," as Claire's deliberate attempt to attract attention on purpose by wearing a dress guaranteed to make other women jealous and men gawk.  The dress was a time traveler in another sense because while some 1700s  fashion design dictated the evening gown -- it was the heavy 1940's influence that costume designer Terry Dreshbach drew her design from.  So you could say the red dress created a new time warp reality all by itself.

Well, Outlander's Claire certainly knew she’d get attention in that crimson red dress, but no one  working on Season 2,  could have foreseen the controversies that have since gone on over that costume.  The conversations are still going on several seasons later.  Two years is a long time for a dress to be on the minds of women around the world. 

It’s a given that costumes in the film industry are vital to both the story content and to the actors wearing the costumes being believable in their role.  Over time, some costumes and their accessories, have become just as famous as the movie or tv show themselves.  

In the case of Claire’s red dress, the dress was so stunning that some women everywhere wanted a copy of it, minus the corset prop necessary to the film’s time setting of course.  While some die hard Outlander fans swooned over the dress, others were outraged as they thought it too low cut and not historically correct.  Yes, it had the wasp sized waist correct, but in their eyes it was far too modern. 

Then, enters the popular cosplay aspect, where the popularity of Outlander met a frenzy of women of all shapes and sizes wanting their very own “red dress.”  Pattern maker, Simplicity, saw a window of opportunity and put out Simpicity #8411.  This in turn motivated a lot of seamstresses to make these dresses capitalizing on the STARZ Outlander populatiry and offer them on sites like Etsy at some hefty prices.  And that in turn, prompted whole lines of clothing inspired by Outlander to flood online stores.  Prompting some to ask, "Is this copy-cat cottage industry fair to Outlander?"

Since the average American woman today does not possess the sewing skills of past generations the discussion is simple -- there is "nothing new" in terms of the pattern itself for the red dress when it comes to evening ball gowns.  Such patterns that have existed for centuries for those outfits, whether they fell into the category of costumes or evening attire.  The brilliant dress designer, Terry Dresbach, executed a patters that was not new to seamstresses.  However, by her eye for excellence, attention to detail, and absolutely perfect sense of the exact shade of red for her model of Caitriona Balfe's as the leading lady in red says it all, "Dresbach is a supremely expert clothing designer who deserves all the credit.

The scandalous red dress is just one added icing on the cake of Outlander Season 2's many intriguing things that make fans want to visit every place where the filming took place.  Here are some of Season 2's filming locations to add to you ultimate Outlander fan bucket list of places to see.

Fun Outlander Red Dress Facts

  • There were seventy-six attempts to achieve the exact shade of red, before costume designed, Terry Dresbach got this  stunning evening dress precisely the hue she needed. 

  • It took 15 yards (45 feet) of Duchesse Satin to make that dress.  

  • The crimson dress was actually four feet two inches wide (4'2") making walking down hallways, sitting, and moving about quite an undertaking.

Outlander - Season 2 - Filming Sites

Harbor Master's House, Dysart Harbor, Fife, Scotland

Harbor Master's House, Dysart Harbor, Fife, Scotland

Harbour Master's House, Dysart Harbour, Fife, Scotland  — Outlander Destination — Season 2 has this site standing in for the French port of Le Harve, making it the first safe house as they come to France. While it might have been a time travel trip for Claire, the building itself is indeed spot on in real life dating back to the 1700s like other buildings in Dysarthria Harbour. 

Deanston Distillery, Doune, Scotland

Deanston Distillery, Doune, Scotland

Outlander Destination - Deanston Distillery, Doune, Scotland — first you are a cotton mill for almost two hundred years, then the next thing you know you’ve time traveled a few hundred years into the future to become a distillery,  but in your altered Outlander time travel life — back you plunge into time I. season 2, only to a wine warehouse in Le Harve, France. 

Glasgow City Cathedral, Glascow, Scotland

Glasgow City Cathedral, Glascow, Scotland

Glascow Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland — oldest church building in Glasgow, this church dating back to the 1100s  in Outlander Season 2, Episode 7, served as L’Hopital des Anges.  Not does Claire work there, but It’s where Jamie and Claire's still-born daughter, Faith, is delivered.  It was a sad ending but also a rebirth as the couple worked trying their grief to heal.

Campbell's Coffee Shop, Falkland, Fife, Scotland

Campbell's Coffee Shop, Falkland, Fife, Scotland

Outlander Destination - Campbell’s Coffee Shop, Falkland, Fife, Scotland — Home to the Campbells clan  in real life, this Season 2, Outlander filming location will thrill visitors and fans today with Italian coffee, carrot, apple, and cranberry scones - as well as breakfast and lunch. 

Hopetoun House, Queensferry, Scotland

Hopetoun House, Queensferry, Scotland

Hopetoun House, Queensferry, Scotland — Season 2, has Claire and Jamie back at this filming site, now dubbed as substitutes for “Ellesmere Manor.“ Larger and grander in real life this location had to be digitally scaled back in the Outlander series to fit the storyline images. Although fictional in reality, the Hopetoun House really delivers when it comes to fitting the story. 

Gosford House, Longniddry, East Lothian, scotland

Gosford House, Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland

Gosford House, Longniddry,  East Lothian, Scotland — grand enough both in style and size, the Gosford House disguises part of  itself in Season 2, as the Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France - especially it as the location of the stables — while the other filming location for the real palace was also  filmed at Drummond Castle in Scotland.

Outlander Red Dress Inspired

Season 2 - Outlander

Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, Scotland

Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, Scotland

Outlander Destination — Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, Scotland — add the largely wooded acres and grounds, it’s easy to see why in Season 2,  it was a stand in for Beaufort  Castle, Beauly in the Highlands.  Currently closed for restoration and renovations, it’s grounds and trails are wonderful walks in nature.

Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland

Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland

Outlander Destination - Callendar House, Falkirk, Scotland — sunlit windows, ample prep space, bread oven, copper pots, large mixing bowls, a fire going — what more could any cook in a Georgian kitchen ask for? This is where a midnight snack ends up in a bloody knife fight and an axe wacking off the Dukes head. 

Drumlaig Castle, Queensberry Estate, Dumfries and Galloway. Scotland

Drumlaig Castle, Queensberry Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Outlander Destination - Drumlandrig Castle, Queensberry Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland — in Season 2 morphs itself in time travel to Bellhurst Manor, the Duke of Sandringham’s estate while the Redcoats camp outside and Jamie and Claire conspire to escape from the “pink palace.” 

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle, Firth of Forth, Blackness, Scotland

Outlander destination - Blackness Castle, south shore of the Firth of Forth, Blackness, Scotland — in Season 2, “the ship that never sailed,” reappears as Roger and Brianna visit in the 1960s. Time travel mirrors the ever changing uses this castle has had in history - a home, a castle, a prison, a fortress, and ammo depot. 

Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Stirling, Scotland

Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Stirling, Scotland

Outlander Destination - Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Stirling, Scotland — you’ll be seeing visions of the steamship “Sir Walter Scott” as your mind races to remember Roger MacKenzie on the shores of Loch Katrine. Some swear they hear the words from the Lady of the Lake, “The summer dawn’s reflected hue, To purple changed Loch-Katrine blue; mildly and soft the western breeze, just kissed the lake ….”

Culross Castle, Culross, scotland

Culross Castle, Culross, Scotland

Outlander Destination — Culross Castle, Culross, Scotland —back again  in Season 2, Culross Castle emerges doubling as both a Jacobite encampment and a field hospital.  This walk back in time destination will have your mind wandering in so many different directions. 

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