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Costume Question


Mar 2, 2013
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As the title indicates, the following menswear question is for an on-stage costume, rather than personal use. Therefore, the rules can be bent a little for effect, although I'm consulting y'all for a reason. The costumes will be for The Sound of Music, specifically for Captain Von Trapp. Therefore, the period is the late 1930s, in Europe. As costumes, these will have to have as many reusable elements as possible, because changing from suit to suit backstage and during a 30 second span isn't exactly feasible. Because the costumes will be pieced together and hopefully recyclable as possible while providing visual variety, they're not exactly going to be the pinnacle of SF excellence, but please, work with me. Anyway, what I'm asking for is just an overall opinion of the costumes, both visually and based on historical knowledge. Thank you!

As a note, all costumes will have a white shirt, just because it simplifies the changing. For the same reason, black shoes/belt would be worn.

First scene:
Navy suit. Jacket is a single vent 3/2. Pants are double pleated with cuffs.
Gray fedora (for entrance, is taken off almost immediately), a black overcoat would be worn along with this, again, it would be shortly removed.
Navy/gold striped tie

Second scene:
Glen plaid 6x2 DB with either solid gray pants or black pants. There is a pair of glen plaid pants available, but they're not from the same suit, so I'm worried about it not working together.
Red tie with small elements of blue

Third scene (takes place at a dinner party):
White dinner jacket, black bow tie, black pants

Fourth scene:
probably a darker gray 2-button, unvented Zegna suit. It may be necessary to pair the jacket with black pants as the costume changes following this scene are extremely quick
Same blue tie as previous

Fifth and beyond:
These include very costume-y elements like an Austrian Trachten Jacket, and a white naval jacket for the wedding scene. These probably fall outside of the realm of current menswear, so not quite as important.

Again, thank you for reading! If you have any general comments or questions, please let me know. For example, if you see any conflicting colors or patterns, or consider a costume wildly inaccurate for the time/place. A specific fear I have is actors being "chopped in half" wearing gray jackets with black pants, do you think this concern is valid?


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Apr 2, 2013
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I go for dancing in suitable apparel. I mainly prefer hip- hop. I really love the dancers as they provide variety stylish dressing sense.


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Jun 10, 2010
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You seem to know what you're doing. The get-ups for the second and fourth scene are indeed questionable, but I wouldn't worry about that. It's only a stage play, after all.
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