When you think of William Shakespeare, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the fact that he was an amazing author during the Renaissance Period? Is it his prickly beard or maybe even his receding hairline? Whatever it is, everybody knows his name, and everybody knows his famous works. At some point in our lives, we’ve either had to read his novels and write about them, have a dramatic reading on some of his novel’s famous lines, or both. Some of us may even have been required to act in a “Romeo and Juliet” or “Macbeth” theatrical play. There’s no question that William Shakespeare has left his mark on history, and it is thanks to him – alongside other remarkable individuals – that we somewhat have a vivid image of what the Renaissance Period was like.
Apart from the lyrical and artistic masterpieces produced during their time, another thing that stands out to me from their period was their sense of fashion. Every single time I had to act in a Macbeth or Hamlet school play as an extra, it always was always a subject of laughter when it was time for dress rehearsals, especially when it was time for the men to wear those thigh-hugging tights. Although, oddly enough, amidst all the laughs and name-calling being tossed around, there was still something about those outfits that I couldn’t wrap my finger around that screamed, “Hey, look at me, I’m a handsome fellow.” I guess they saw something in these designs that people of today normally couldn’t appreciate.
Now, the Renaissance Period continues to influence the younger minds (I’m looking at you Mr. William Shakespeare) and continues to produce some of the most unique costumes out there.