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How important are the costumes in a show like Outlander

For a period show like "Outlander," atmosphere—the look and feel of the whole production—is critical. The audience has to believe, from exterior landscape shots free of cell phone towers to the interiors lit as if by candlelight or oil lamps. Costumes serve this purpose as well, but are also strong points of characterization and storytelling. The costumes transform the actor into her fictional character, both for the actor herself and for the audience. Terry Dresbach, the brilliant costume designer on "Outlander," told the New York Times, “You put on a costume to become a different person.”