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From Morality Play to Court Masque: A Study of Allegorical Performance Costume from Medieval Religious Dramas to Secular Theatre of the 17th Century

Bate, Toni (2017) From Morality Play to Court Masque: A Study of Allegorical Performance Costume from Medieval Religious Dramas to Secular Theatre of the 17th Century. The Journal of Dress History, 1 (1). pp. 18-30. ISSN 2515-0995

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Abstract

This paper will explore the development of theatrical costume from the religious mystery and morality plays of the Middle Ages to the secular court masque performances of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With an emphasis on colour, decoration, symbolism and allegory, the progression from ecclesiastical stoles and simple colour association to highly decorative and extravagant costumes will be analysed.
Used to convey a moral or political message, these performances and their costumes epitomised the occupation with allegory at this time and provide examples of the obvious one dimensional characterisation prevalent in early European theatre.
This examination will demonstrate how religious and secular theatre of this time, often compartmentalised in historical dress and costume literature, were interconnected and inextricably linked in terms of their performance costume.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Toni Bate
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 09:22
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 18:08
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/32398

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