The term is usually used in the context of film and television. It is an informal, crossover term that can apply to several genres but is most often heard in the context of historical dramas and romances, adventure films and swashbucklers. The implication is that the audience is attracted as much by the lavish costumes as by the content.
The most common type of costume drama is the historical costume drama, both on stage and in movies. This category includes Barry Lyndon, Braveheart, From Hell, and Robin Hood. Films that are set in the 1930s and 1940s, such as Last Man Standing, may also be placed in this category. Other examples include Marie Antoinette, Middlemarch, and Pride and Prejudice.
There have been highly successful television series that have been known as costume dramas/period pieces. Notable examples include Upstairs Downstairs, The Tudors, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Deadwood, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Little House on the Prairie, and Freaks and Geeks. There also exists shows that use the effects of a costume drama/period piece because they are set in a particular era of time, although their true focus is based around a different genre. Examples of these are Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker, and That '70s Show.
Under this category I will include pages devoted to period dress. These jpgs. will help students and their teachers craft garments and or sets specific to particular historical eras and genres utilized in Shakespeare's plays. Some of these genres will be authentic to Shakespeare's century and some of them will be authentic to modern dress for more contemporary interpretations of his plays.
- 10th - 15th Century Female Costume Prototypes
- 15th Century Female Costume Prototypes (ladies, royalty)
- 14th - 15th Century Male Costume Prototypes (merchants, gentlemen, landowners, royalty)
- 16th Century Fashion For Women
- The Elizabethan Male Fashions of The 16th Century
|Fashion 15th - 17th Centuries|