Claire’s ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ Red Dress Revealed

**Heavy Spoiler Alert:  If you would rather not see the red dress until it airs in an Outlander episode, look away now before it is too late.  Seriously.**





The day began with Starz saying to go grab the newest issue of People Magazine for a look at *the* dress for season two of Outlander.  For us readers, that immediately means the red dress.  While I quickly found out that stores don’t switch out the magazines until Thursday or Friday, a fan (thanks, Wanda) on Twitter found a copy (it has Ryan Reynolds on the cover, bonus!) and snapped a photo of the reveal.

Yes, indeed it is Claire (Caitriona Balfe) in that red dress, with a bonus Jamie (Sam Heughan) by her side.

People Mag Claire Sam Red Dress

Official S2 Claire Caitriona Sam Jamie

Season Two Key Art

The reveal in People is accompanied by quotes from costume designer Terry Dresbach on the color and construction of the dress.

Update: It all makes sense now because Starz has used the above photo as their season two key art or poster.  So there is no avoiding it, and Terry may be pleased as punch that this costume is front and center for the whole season.

Now, let’s get to the controversy that Starz’s tweet started and the resulting photo in the magazine.  Many fans are upset that they revealed the only dress that had held something special in the book and fans before the episode that it will be in.  Flashback to season one when that dress was Claire’s wedding dress.  We did not see it until the episode aired.  We did see photos of the wedding dress’ undergarments, but not the dress itself.  We did not even see Jamie in his wedding clothes either.  Now before the season premiere’s date is even announced, we get the whole damn costume.

Previous to this, Terry Dresbach was not happy with how the first look at Claire in a yellow dress was revealed in Entertainment Weekly.  It was against a green background, and she was rightfully angry.  She has also talked on Twitter about not discussing a costume until it is presented in an episode.  The costume is part of the story, and taking it away from that takes it out of the context it is meant to be presented in. Again, Terry has stated time and time again that she is not involved with the publicity of the show or making decisions about what is revealed and when.

So, here is my own personal opinion.  Yes, the red dress should have been saved for a big reveal in the episode it is in, just like the wedding dress.  I don’t know why Starz decided to use this image.  There are plenty of characters that I would have loved to have seen used in an image instead (Mother Hildegard, Master Raymond, Fergus) that would have satisfied reader fans and piqued the interest of non-readers and non-fans.  I am not a publicist or someone in marketing, but I have been on the press side of films and television since 2009.  Sometimes things like this just don’t make sense, and trying to figure it out will make you want to bang your head against the wall.

Source: People Magazine

  • Anne

    Marketing people probably thought they were helping draw in new viewers with that picture. OMG, it’s how i hoped it would be!!!!! Claire is ravishingly GORGEOUS! At this point i’m not even feeling outraged that there’s no mystery left surrounding that dress. It’s a rather unfortunate side effect of droughtlander on me. I might feel the same way when the episode finally comes out, who knows. I’m just blissfully happy for now. It’s strange, though, that i’m more disappointed with the way Jamie looks…i was expecting something different.

    • Anne

      BUT maybe Terry wanted everyone’s attention on Claire anyway, so nope, no flashy attire for Jamie. Still, just so, so happy 😀

      • April

        He always draws attention anyway! 🙂

  • Carolee Luper

    Terry is completely right! Certain pivotal costumes should be left as surprises! I have been sad that’s there have been so few photos of other characters who play important roles in Season 2. There is so much excitement and intrigue going on that will promise watchers to be drawn into the plot! WHY the PR decision just to show mainly Claire and Jamie? Yes, they are our main characters and we love them, but perhaps it would have been more fun to leave some unveilings until the show, as in last season.

  • CMurphy

    We are grown ups. No one had to look. People, take responsibility for your own expectations and your own choices. What Terry doesn’t appreciate is unsolicited photos taken without permission. Starz on the other hand owns the dress and they have every right share how they see fit. We the people need to get a hold of ourselves and calm the heck down.

    • donnajant

      Actually I think Sony owns it – they are the producers of the show

      • distachio

        Sony, STARZ, and Tall Ships Productions are all joint producers of the show, IIRC.

  • Lisa Majors Thompson

    That is just one photo of Cait in the dress but I know it will be even more stunning watching her actually “wear” the dress on the show. It didn’t ruin it for me just has me excited to see the show and her elegantly moving in that gorgeous dress

  • donnajant

    I so agree with you. I wish the big reveal was in the episode – it is part of the storyline. I just remember the anticipation to the wedding gown. I know I did not have to look but kind of hard to avoid – there are just some people that get kicks out of spoiling it for others.

  • whazupbro

    I think they are not thinking about the people who’ve read the books. The book readers would be more likely to want the dress be a surprise/shock, like it was for Jamie. For non-book readers, they wouldn’t know that about the dress and so showing it is a way to draw the TV viewers in. I think they could have left it out though. So many other beautiful costumes and photos they could have used. Still, I’m all in for whatever they decide. So far they have not disappointed.

  • distachio

    I adore Outlander as much as any fan — maybe more than some, having read the series and the side books multiple times — but sometimes you just have to be a little Zen about things you can’t control.

    Fans need to take a breath, step back, and just *allow* things to unfold. Most of the time it all turns out fine.

  • Deborah

    Caitriona, the red dress, Sam – all exquisite! I am a (multiple times) book reader and this photo only serves to make me anticipate season two even more.

  • Fran

    OUTSTANDING, Terry you’ve done it again.

  • Holly W

    What a perfect picture. I just love how you can see the shoe as well. Come on April!