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Costumes for The Tempest (2003)

For this play, a sort of romantic fantasy, we needed a wide variety of costumes for the extraordinary characters who appear. Caliban, the child of a witch, stands for earthiness, while the sprite, Ariel, represents air. We got a delicate-looking costume that expressed innocence, for Miranda. We also made costumes for the goddesses who appear in the ceremonial masque performance. As you can see, the costumes from previous performances were put to good use in portraying the various other characters in the play. Prospero's staff is made of real wood because he must break it when he renounces magic.

 

Aristocrat's jacket with flowers (front)

Prospero

Rough staff (wooden, for breaking)

Prospero's staff

Purple woman's dress

Miranda

Man's white blouse

Ferdinand

Blue cape for aristocrat

Ferdinand

Fairy costume and headband

Ariel

Primitive garment of animal skins

Caliban

Iris, Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods

Iris

Juno, goddess of women, marriage, childbirth and the moon

Juno

Silver coronet

Iris

Gold coronet

Juno

Full-length priest's gown

Gonzalo

Courtier's neck ruff on black

Gonzalo

Purple brocade cape for royalty

King Alonso

Scepter with sapphire

King Alonso

Court fool's piebald outfit with matching jester's cap

Trinculo

Blue and red vest with heraldry pattern

Sebastian

Brown vest

Antonio

Courtier's or gentleman's hat

Antonio

Buffoon's wide-brimmed hat

Stephano

Rapiers and belts

Swords (Stephano, Sebastian, King Alonso, Ferdinand)

 

Caliban: You taught me language, and my profit on 't
Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
For learning me your language. (1.2.365-7)

Ariel: Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange. (1.2.395-401)

Prospero: We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. (4.1.156-58)

Miranda: O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here.
How beauteous mankind is. O brave new world
That has such people in 't! (5.1.181-84)

 
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