Renaissance Costume Ideas
The Renaissance was a fascinating period of history, and historians and scholars aren't even able to really define it, as it eventually encompassed most of Europe, and even beyond, as well as many facets of life like religion, arts, science, history and philosophy, among others.
One thing it definitely did do though, was to influence a lot of the way people like to cosplay, as well as a seemingly endless number of Renaissance festivals.
As for the attire of the day, that was also widely different, especially among the different classes, and of course, different regions of the world.
So you would see a wide variety of clothing, also differentiated by those who were artists, etc.
But how this is great in our day is that variety provides us with an endless number of ways to interpret that period of time through costumes. It's one of the funnest things to do in that regard, and is great not only for fairs and festivals, but for Halloween as well.
The costume variety is so great you could have a Halloween Renaissance party with family and friends and not worry about having the same costume; although that could easily happen if you acquire one.
Anyway, here is a look at a number of costume ideas inspired by the Renaissance.
Halloween Costume Ideas
- Gypsy Halloween Costumes
The choice of wearing a Gypsy costume for Halloween is a good one. Whether true or not in real life or not, Gypsies are imagined to have colorful costumes and to be cloaked in mystery, which makes for a great theme for the season. Part of this is...
- Colonial and Revolutionary War Costumes
The extraordinary emergence of the Tea Party in America has brought back the popularity of colonial and Revolutionary war era costumes, and both men and women embrace the highly symbolic clothing of that period of history. People can no longer...
- Handmade Betsy Ross Costumes
The story of Betsy Ross is an interesting and controversial one, as far as being considered the woman who made the first American flag. Some have attempted to refute the story, saying the tale can't be proven, which was originated, as far as...
- Amazing Homemade Halloween Costumes
The creativity of so-called amateurs never ceases to amaze me, and that's definitely the case when searching for homemade ideas for Halloween costumes. There are some very compelling costume ideas generated from a lot of people. Some were so good...
Male Renaissance Costume
For whatever reason, when I think of an artist during the time of the Renaissance, this first costume is close to what it is I imagine them to look like. This is a really cool costume, and would work fantastic in any costuming situation. Love that hat.
Renaissance Costume for Man
- Stunning Geisha Costumes
The mystique surrounding the life and looks of a Geisha has generated a lot of interest from women. But even today Westerners are largely unaware of the tremendous history of the Geisha, as well as the extraordinary amount of training that comes...
Cute Renaissance Maiden Costume
The outfit worn by the woman below is one of a Renaissance maiden, and it's really a fun and compelling costume. While the appearance is of a simple woman, the clothing is anything but, and is full of interesting detail.
Renaissance Maiden Costume
- Fun Beer Costumes
Now here's a costume that will fit into many occasions and seasons: the Beer costume. While it would work on Halloween, for those who like to drink their beer and party, is there any situation this wouldn't fit into for them, as far as going out...
Celtic Renaissance Couples' Costumes
Below is a unique display of Renaissance costumes with the couple, as they display their Celtic pride and interpretation of the period.
The unique design and color are what make these stand out as Celtic Renaissance costumes. Pretty cool.
Celtic Renaissance Costumes
Pretty Renaissance Dress
What a beautiful Renaissance costume below. The way the corset separates the two distinct parts of the outfit works well. The contrasting and vibrant black and red colors, along with the puffy white sleeves, makes this a fantastic costume.
Black, Red and White Renaissance Dress Costume
Goldilocks and The Three Bears Costumes
- Goldilocks and The Three Bears Costumes
Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a popular fairy tale based upon a story originally penned by British author and poet Robert Southey, and initially published anonymously in 1937. It evolved from the darker oral tale Southey borrowed it from,...
Pretty Green Renaissance Dress
Here is a unique Renaissance costume, made in a different design than most I've seen. It's another one of those costumes that appear very simple, but is full of detail that is subtle. For example, the lines of the dress and the placement of the narrow part below her breasts, which create part of the nice look of the outfit.
Green Renaissance Dress Costume
Beautiful Renaissance Dresses
These two dresses would definitely be worn by someone of higher means than some we've already seen. They're beautiful and full of color, something any woman would be happy to wear to a festival or Halloween party.
Gorgeous Renaissance Dress Costumes
- Halloween Masks
No matter how we dress on Halloween and what type of costume we have on, the Halloween mask is crucial to making the entire outfit and look work, and so selecting the right kind for how you want to dress, and the theme you choose, is crucial to...
Renaissance Lord Costume
This was a great find to me, discovering this very compelling costume of a Lord in the time of the Renaissance. This is so detailed it's hard to know where to begin on how fantastic it is and looks. From top to bottom this is a great costume.
While it is what it is because of all the parts combining to make the entirety of the costume look, my favorite would have to be that terrific plumed hat.
- Unique Thor Costumes
While many fans of Thor think he was created by storytellers and artists at Marvel Comics, he is in fact a mythological god that has been around for approximately 1,000 years in Norse legends (probably longer, and much further back with the Germanic.
Renaissance Fair with Costumes
It's always a good idea to include a group of people wearing a variety of costumes in order to get the best ideas for what would fit us the best. In the photo below, and the prior images, they hopefully get your creative juices flowing and give you a plethora of thoughts as to what will work for you.
So there you have a brief look at the seemingly endless array of costume ideas you can choose from for a Renaissance Halloween party or festival theme. It is a lot of fun just looking at this amazing period of time through these period costumes. Hopefully you enjoyed it as well.