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Costumes as you like it

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Costumes as you like it

  1. 1. Written by: William Shakespeare
  2. 2.  COSTUMES
  3. 3. Historical Period   This play was written during Shakespeare’s time and should take place during the Elizabethan era.  The Elizabethan era is sometimes referred to as the golden age, and is named Elizabethan era because Queen Elizabeth I reigned during this time.  This period was also known as the English Renaissance.  William Shakespeare and many other authors changed many aspects of theatre with their writing during this time.  With costumes based from this era, the audience will get the idea that the play took place during this time.
  4. 4. Style of Production   Costumes are old-fashioned and look as if they were from the 16th century  Quite elegant for some characters, while others are more worn out and more common to what normal people dressed like in the Elizabethan era.  During this time, many had money and were well dressed but there were also many who barely had enough to eat and were poorly dressed.  This will be displayed among different characters throughout the play
  5. 5.  MAJOR CHARACTERS
  6. 6. Rosalind   Rosalind is the daughter of Duke Senior and is wealthy  Being of High-class Rosalind should be well dressed in a formal dress in the beginning of the play  Being very strong-minded and very clever her outfits should resemble her personality  When Rosalind disguises herself as the young man “Ganymede”, of course her entire outfit changes  This outfit should resemble more of what a typical man in this era should wear on an ordinary basis  At the end when Rosalind gets married, she again should get dressed in a different costume  This time wearing a white elegant gown of that time
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  8. 8. Orlando   Being of high-class, Orlando should be dressed in a rather elegant outfit  Have to consider that he is young and attractive but isn’t cared for by his brother Oliver  His outfit might be a little not put together again considering he is young, and not really looking for the attention
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  10. 10. Duke Senior   Was exiled from his throne by his brother, Frederick.  Being exiled into the forest his costume should not be well put together and should be more worn out than others because he has been exiled for some time when the play begins  He is fair-minded and although his costume is quite worn-out, he stands confident of his being and is not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.
  11. 11. Should also be torn and worn out to symbolize his exile in the forest  Should be torn and more messy with stains
  12. 12. Jaques   A lord of Duke Senior who is also in exile with him.  Acts as a stock character in the play, and has a melancholy disposition  He judges other characters  Should be attired in a less elegant way also with worn out clothing like Duke Senior since he is also in exile with him.
  13. 13.  Also torn at the edges, with stains
  14. 14. Celia   Is also of high class and should be dressed in an elegant dress as Rosalind was, since she is the daughter of Duke Frederick.  When she is disguised as Aliena, her outfit changes into one that a simple shepherdess would wear.  A less elegant dress
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  16. 16. Duke Frederick   Duke Senior’s brother  Very cruel and a horrible temper towards everyone  His costume should show his power and strength over other characters, reflecting his volatile personality  Should be very elegant and distinctive, showing his selfish ways
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  18. 18. Touchstone   Is a clown of Duke Frederick’s court  Joins Rosalind and Celia as they runaway to Ardenne  Costume should resemble Touchstone’s funny personality and should be very out there.  Should resemble that of a clown and be colorful as well
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  20. 20. Oliver   Is Orlando’s older brother  Very demanding and ruthless towards his brother  Selfish and conceited  Costume should be quite elegant  Is also young and attractive, his costume should be intact resembling his conceited ways
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  22. 22.  MINOR CHARACTERS
  23. 23. Silvius & Phoebe   Silvius is a young shepherd who is desperately in love with Phoebe  Phoebe is a young shepherdess who falls in love with Ganymede, which we know is Rosalind in disguise  Rosalind being clever as usual, tricks Phoebe into marrying Silvius  Both Silvius and Phoebe should have regular looking costumes, not elegant. Something an ordinary shepherd and shepherdess would wear during that time
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  25. 25. Lord Amiens & Charles   Lord Amiens is another Lord of Duke Senior who joins him in exile  He is very joyous and loves to sing  His jolly personality should be reflected in his costume  Charles is a wrestler so his costume should not be well-fitted and should be pretty comfortable in order for Charles ability to move easily while wrestling
  26. 26.  Should also be torn and worn out
  27. 27. Adam & Corin   Adam is the former servant of Sir Rowland de Bois  He joins Orlando in his exile, because he cares for him and does not stand the hardships his brother Oliver is giving him  Corin is a shepherd who counsels Silvius in love  Costumes should be simple as they both act as characters without much wealth
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  29. 29. Audrey & William   Audrey is a very logical goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone  She is very enthusiastic about getting married and is simpleminded when it comes to thinking about love or everything in general  Costume should be simple as her character portrays and should not be elegant at all  William is a young boy who is in love with Audrey  Costume should just be of an ordinary young working boy during that time
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  31. 31. Contrasting Characters   Country  More simple minded characters who are soft spoken  Costumes should be lighter and not as dark  Open to new ideas from other characters  Relaxed and free  Urban/City  These characters are more oppressed and follow rules  Are less freely able to do what they want  Costumes are duller and less bright reflecting their governed ways

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