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Costuming is an area where I need help, am looking forward to hearing what others do.

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  1. Ellen Jervis August 26, 2008 at 2:03 am

    First – you watch A LOT OF MOVIES – The costume designers for films do the work for you. Check out the clothing in all he latest Biblical films done in the last 10 years. There are some nice things being done.

    Secondly, hit the library and museums. You will find books there on costumes and today’s libraries are a pretty good selection of films. Bet you’ll find a few Biblical films there like “The Ten Commandents” and “Jesus of Nazareth”. Both good resources.

    Third, the InterNet. Search engines are wonderful things.

    Pet Peeve:
    One of the things that drives me nuts is seeing sequins on costumes. Like they had them back then! Don’t think so. Especially on the Magi. No glitter and no sequins please! Think abot it – after all that traveling they had to bit dusty don’t you think? No one ever makes them dusty. And with all the road bandits.. I don’t think they would have advertised wealth. These are things I hope folks will check into and get back to us here with some of their findings.

    The other thing are the guards that come to the garden to pick up Jesus. They were Temple guards, not Roman Soldiers. That’s an entirely different look.

    I think it’s worth it to go the extra mile and make the costumes right.

    ~Ellen Jervis

  2. Krazy Karl August 27, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Ellen has some very strong points here. You have to do some research. Actually, a lot of research. Most of that research will involve learning what they did NOT have in the time period. Anachronisms show up, almost immediately. They just don’t look right, so to speak.

    But, the point Ellen brought up, that I love the most, is the idea of the dust. Extend that to being utilized. Maybe worn, maybe patched, and if it’s props, maybe even chipped.

    Folks in the biblical times, for the most part, may have only had two changes of clothes, so they get worn and used. Think of the lepers begging: probably nearly in rags. Peter, James, John, and Andrew worked hard for a living, and their clothes would likely reflect that.

    Just a few ideas to think about.


  3. janine September 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    one of the funnest things about costumes is that once you know the look you’re going for—(after your research), the suggestion of that look can be very effective. the important thing is the content of the play…the story…the message…..the ideas….the costumes need to be adding to that, not detracting or distracting. it’s much easier to use “stuff on hand” and found pieces to suggest a time period or occupation or whatever when you know the look you’re going for.
    in this day and age the internet makes the research instantaneous. just google “men’s 1800’s fashions” and i have found that sewing patterns’ sights are extremely detailed and make it easy to copy the look (even without the sewing).

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