As a former mediaeval reenactor I obviously am interested in historical costumes. As such I was really charmed by this overview of historically accurate (Disney) princesses.
One of the things that made me realise I’m a geeky girl in my own right is my love of LARP‘ing.
In short, it’s a roleplaying game where you physically act out a character. This character can be devised by the organisers to tell the story, set the mood, be the bad/good guy, known as an NPC character. Or you can play a character of your own choice (within the rules of the game) also known as a PC character.
This weekend I attended the 13th event of Chalice as an NPC character (entering this specific world for the first time) accompanied by my second housemate who had been an NPC character in the past, but now entered as a PC character (for the very first time in any specific world or system).
A lot of people I know prefer playing a character of their own device since they can feel it more, to me it doesn’t really matter, since I usually can’t be bothered with the boring details of character creation anyway.
I love the challenge of getting into the skin of the character I’m playing whether it is me or someone else who has written the background.
As such preparing for a role follows much the same pattern:
Making the background story my own
After reading or writing the script I like to make up little memories my character has about its past, things I can refer to.
I also try to imagine which mannerisms and wich typical sayings or facial expressions the character would use.
My character this weekend was a Chancellor to the Emperor of the best know region in this world, sent out on a diplomatic mission accompanied by 6 knights (my housemate being one of them), herself also a former knight in the same order: The Order of the Crown.
I came up with some memories of training and former missions as well as some fond memories of my sister with whom I used to share my line of work.
As the event was a mediaeval high fantasy type of LARP (think LOTR, The Hobbit and the likes) and the role of Chancellor is pretty high-class, I decided on wearing my mediaeval dress from when I still was involved in reenactment over at the Gentsche Gesellen.
The costume actually consists of 3 layers: an off-white undergarment, a blue under-dress (both linen) and a felted wool red overdress. I decided to wear all 3; for warmth, authenticity and because the knights all had a blue detail on their costume: a blue ensign with a yellow crown.
To convey the feeling of arriving at the festivities after some weeks of traveling I opted for laced up boots (in favour of my mediaeval shoes), a faux fur half cape and leather arm braces (as a wink to my former knighthood and to the dangers of the road).
The devil is in the details
For many people the creation of a character ends there, but not for me. Once I get the outfit right I start thinking about details such as: purses, jewellery, hairstyle, makeup and perfume.
My mediaeval costume comes with a belt and belt purse that are embellished with little flowers, so I stayed within the floral theme for my jewellery, but I also added a red string purse, just to have a little more room to carry stuff around.
I also kept with the flowers for my perfume with a black currant and rose scented The Body Shop perfume sample.
For my hairstyle I wanted to keep the middle between “on the road”- sensible and festive, so I went with a double braid on the top of my head going over into a single braid on the back of my head with a flower ornament in it.
Larp Photography Credits: Annette D’hertefelt