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LRP December Meme : Costume

Every month of our Let’s Read Plays’ (LRP) reading, we’ll have a meme hosted by Listra. And this month’s meme is about costume.

For December, LRP theme is Shakespeare’s comedy. I read As You Like It. For this post, I will focus on the disguise of two women in the play, Rosalind and Celia. Rosalind was disguised as a man named Ganymede, and Celia as Aliena (which means stranger in Greek).

Rosalind and Celia. Painting by Hugh Thomson, 1909, from Shakespeare Illustrated. Public domain.

Rosalind and Celia. Painting by Hugh Thomson, 1909, from Shakespeare Illustrated. Public domain.

Here is the scene from the wrestle. Rosalind and Celia watched Orlando defeated Charles, the delegation of his brother, Oliver.

 

Scene from As You Like It. Painting by Francis Hayman, circa 1750. Public domain.

Scene from As You Like It. Painting by Francis Hayman, circa 1750. Public domain.

I like the second costumes, the first one was too simple I think. For they were the daughter and the niece of the Duke, they should have dressed properly.

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Illustration by Émile Bayard (1837-1891). “Rosalind gives Orlando a chain.”

And these are the pictures of them in disguise.

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Rosalind. Painting by Robert Walker Macbeth, 1888, from Shakespeare Illustrated. Public domain.

Rosalind, played by Helena Modjeska, 1893. Unknown photographer. Public domain.

Rosalind, played by Helena Modjeska, 1893. Unknown photographer. Public domain.

Both pictures above look similar. It could hide the fair and gentle Rosalind to be a youth from the forest, Ganymede.

"The Mock Marriage of Orlando and Rosalind." Painting by Walter Howell Deverell, 1853. Public domain.

“The Mock Marriage of Orlando and Rosalind.” Painting by Walter Howell Deverell, 1853. Public domain.

Celia (as Aliena) in the middle looks simpler. Rosalind (as Ganymede) in the right, her posture perfectly misleaded Orlando.

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7 responses to “LRP December Meme : Costume

  1. Hoho…so Shakespeare really liked to disguise his female characters as males. I wonder what he’s trying to say with this..

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