Vogue had the exclusive first look at the wedding of Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) in the first episode of Outlander season five, episode 501, “The Fiery Cross.” The photos comprise a wedding album of sorts, along with portraits. As we already know, the new costume designer Trisha Biggar has already shown her work through the official photos and trailers released thus far. In my personal opinion, all of the costumes look beautiful. The photos are below as well as excerpts of some of the quotes by the cast and Biggar. Please head over to Vogue to read everything.
“The wedding is such a beautiful episode,” Caitriona Balfe, who plays the show’s lead Claire Randall Fraser, told Vogue on set outside of Glasgow while shooting season 5. “First of all, I think Claire goes through a very emotional process because, having left Brianna back in the 20th century, this is something she thought she’d never get to experience. She felt like she had sacrificed all of these moments to spend her time with Jamie. She loves Roger and thinks she and Brianna are a great match. Jamie [on the other hand] is still on the Roger-fence. But it’s a really special moment [for Claire] to see Brianna happy—especially after what happened to her last season—to see her and Roger reconcile and be ready to start this new life together.”
“We make a point of showing that this is one of Jocasta’s dresses that has been reconfigured for the wedding,” Skelton notes. “It’s a hand-me-down, which is quite sweet. We tried to get a little bit of the ’60s and ’70s vibe in there, too. It’s not your conventional wedding dress. There’s the fichu [collar], which we often wear when we have a corset on in the past. And then later for the dancing and party time, that comes off, and it feels a little bit more free.”
Costume designer Trisha Biggar (who is new this season and oversees all of the handwork and sourcing for the fashion and jewelry on set) is the woman behind the wedding dress. “It’s a cotton and silk gauze over a very fine silk taffeta. I used a variety of different photos for inspiration,” she explains. “[The bride also wears] the family pearls—they’ve come from Scotland and been passed down. Unfortunately, we don’t have a 1960s wedding [this season], but it is great to have the two periods to explore and to see characters in both times and try and give them a similar feel, albeit a very different look.”
“Jamie and Claire’s love story is what drew us to the story [in the first place],” Heughan says, standing, fully costumed, in the center of the show’s Wilmington set. “It’s the rock of everything else that goes around them. They have this extended family now, but always at the heart of it, Jamie and Claire are deeply in love. There’s finally no more wondering, When will they be together? They’ve aged gracefully together, and they still have a great love for each other, and I don’t think that’s ever going to end.”
Biggar also spoke to Radio Times about the dress, as well as another wedding coming up later in the season.
“There are flavours of Scotland in the dress,” Biggar revealed, “it’s a lovely buttermilk creamy colour that looks lovely with her hair colour, and then towards the end as the caigligh is in full flow, we have her skirt draped up in what’s called a polonaise, so that’s the overskirt gets draped up and then we have a lovely tartan-y type – it’s more of a gingham, but the allusion of a type of tartan silk [underneath], that we can see when she’s dancing.”
“Well there’s a second wedding… There’s a variety of quite interesting things happen as we go on. Brianna’s going to have a really great dress at one point, later on, and yeah, there’s quite a lot to look forward to.”