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6/21/2016 - The Costumes of Shakespeare

MEDIA RELEASE, June 21, 2016, Southbury, CT

The Costumes of Shakespeare

On Friday, July 15th, 6:30-8pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Library, learn about the Medieval and Elizabethan styles of clothing that players would have worn during Shakespeare’s time, when strict rules dictated the way most people were allowed to dress, but exceptions were made for actors’ elaborate costumes. A brief historical background of Shakespeare's time (the royalty, religious quarrels, wars and the laws that regulated who was allowed to wear what) will give attendees context, and the fashion of the period, the influences on it and how it affected what was worn onstage will be explored in detail. Examples of reproduction costumes will be on display during the presentation. This program is sponsored by the Charles H. & Ella Emery Rutledge Fund. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register.

Matt Dettmer is a costume designer who has worked in community, university, professional and regional theaters for more than 20 years and taught college level courses. He received his Master of Fine Arts in costume design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Matt usually designs realistic period shows; he enjoys working with both the needs of the character and the restrictions of the period to find the right garments. Clothing choices are influenced by a variety of forces including societal influences as well as personal image. Matt finds imagining their impact on characters to be one of the most interesting parts of costume design.


Contact: Emily Oumano
Southbury Public Library Reference Department
203-262-0626 ext. 130