World Costume for Theatrical Productions
Unable to find a reliable sourcebook for world costumes, I resolved to compile one of my own. The Spring Tide Pageant of the Allace Players has become a traditional yearly event in Ubl, widely praised for its colorful recreations of foreign peoples and lands. With each year I learn something new about the customs of the races we portray, and each finding is added to my bulging notebook. My sources are many, ranging from historical paintings to travelers' accounts to actual garments brought in by traders.
This work is not intended as a full historical sweep of world costume, but rather as a window into the most typical or traditional garb worn by each race. When characters are presented on stage, they must be easily recognized by the audience. For this reason, I have focused more on single key elements of dress rather than trying to cover the entire range of garments found in any given race. Where appropriate, I have also listed the most characteristic or unusual colors and materials for that culture.
- Aleyvan Radhome, costumer for the Allace Players