Re-think the Renaissance Festival with a Creative Costume

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Are you a king, a queen or a village fool? Renaissance fairs offer more than the average summer festival – not only do you get the yummy, greasy food and the exciting atmosphere, you also get a perfect reason to go all out and dress up in costume. Just choose your character and start picking out everything you need to be perfectly turned out when you go.
You have tons of options for how to dress up at a Renaissance Festival – there really are no rules. Some people take it very seriously and use only materials and styles that would have been used during the Renaissance. For others, it’s all about fantasy – you’ll see just as many fairies as you will wenches.

If you’re stumped for ideas, consider these and get your costume ready – the “Ren Fest” near you might be just around the corner.

  1. If you’ve always wanted to be royalty, now’s the time to dress for the job. Keep in mind that during the Renaissance, only kings and queens wore deep colors like black, red or purple, because the dyes for those colors were so costly. Use rich fabrics that look sumptuous, like velvet with gold rope braids.
  2. Take a cue from the literature of the period. Dress up as any of Shakespeare’s characters, which are about as diverse a group as can be imagined. As Hamlet, carry around a skull and lament poor Yorick or become queen of the fairies as Titania from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  3. Break out the art books and look for inspiration in famous paintings of the Renaissance. If you’re going as a couple, try dressing up as the mysterious twosome in the Arnolfini Wedding Portrait. Or, if you want something a bit more unusual, search the details of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights.”

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the proverbial box for your Renaissance costume — it’s the perfect place to show off your creativity.

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