World Costume for Theatrical Productions
« prev ·
home · next
The Dark Elves' long isolation from the rest of their breed
has resulted in a clear divergence of costume. They wear long,
loose layers of thin fabrics such as linen, organdy, and cotton
gauze. A striped silk known as bourde is used in formal and
ceremonial garments. Exotic reptile skins lend color to accessories
and are even used applique-style to decorate hems. Both men
and women wear leather sandals.
Females catch their gowns at the waist and hips with a linked
chain belt that resembles the Sylvan girdle. Sheer scarves
are wrapped around the head and draped over shoulders and
arms. Golden disks adorn the hair, neck, wrists and ankles,
providing musical accompaniment to every movement.
Males are draped in an ankle-length underrobe with sleeves
cut to twice the length of the arm and ruched to fit. A sleeveless,
sideless tunic covers the underrobe and is tied at the waist
with a sash. A folded cap with a curved peak wraps over a
draped piece that covers the neck and shoulders, which in
turn becomes a cape that hangs gracefully down the back, reaching
just to the ground.