A strong selling point of Renaissance Halloween costumes is that they are more versatile than other character personas. Renaissance Fairs are popular throughout the country and to be part of the fun, this historic celebration requires a costume. Lovely maidens in stylish gowns and veils and bawdy village wenches in peasant clothing abound. You can choose a character that is lower class, of royalty, good or evil – the wide variety of options for Renaissance Halloween costumes of part of the appeal.
It will be to your benefit to create a quality costume. Wear it for Halloween and re-use it during Renaissance fairs held during Spring and Summer months. Identifying clothing worn during that period is easy due to the vast amount of information that exists for the period. Whether researching on Google or through a visit to your local Library you will be able to find apparel that signifies that time period. http://www.costumecauldron.com/Adult-Renaissance-Medieval-Costumes.html
You will be assuming a specific role in the society with Renaissance Halloween costumes. You may be of common stock such as a peasant with a bare subsistence income. Or would you prefer the part of a king, queen, prince or princess? You might be Robin Hood or one of his merry men or choose the dark side as a common thief
More research will add greater historical detail to your costume. High society would wear rich colors with women flaunting sweeping dresses and tall hats adorned with floating veils of various lengths. Fabrics used might be light and airy for the ladies and heavy and dark in color for the men of the time. http://www.costumecauldron.com/shop/halloween-costume/Medieval–Renaissance-Costumes-title0-p-1-c-341.html
Peasant clothing for a woman could consist of a plain colored work dress, usually in grey or brown. Add props by carrying baskets or water jugs at your side. Face paint can be used to create the appearance of a long day working the field or time spent in the barn, tending the animals.
Men’s Renaissance Halloween costumes will also very. Common peasants wore mostly the same neutral colors, brown tones and grays. A straw hat could be worn to block excessive sunlight. The dirtier your clothing appears, the more realistic it will be. Hygiene back then was not anywhere near what it is today, many only bathed a few times a year. This look can be recreated through the use of paints and clothing wear. Please, for the courtesy of those who will come in close proximity of you, do not go for the real thing and forgo regular bathing. While we can appreciate historical accuracy, that’s just downright nasty!
For royalty, whether male or female characters, costume colors are deep and rich. Royalty was adorned in the richest hues and jewels and may wear the associated crown. Ladies of the court wore slightly paler colors, tall pointed head wear that was often tied on for stability. Jewelry was gaudy and showy rather than delicate or understated. Cheap costume jewelry is perfect for Renaissance Halloween costumes for both men and women of the moneyed classes.
Fans of Renaissance Fairs will get their money’s worth of wear from a period correct costume. It’s worth spending the money to create a costume that fits well and suits the character you’ve chosen to play. Your personality will be the most convincing element of your Renaissance Halloween costume so choose a character that suits you. Edited by Hetsil Protage