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Fantasy Costume Designs

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A Good Orc Thousand Skull Gorge

I was writing and trying to figure out what characters were wearing. Corsets in a sub-tropical setting? No. Time for fantasy costume designs.

The guy in the middle has health problems
The guy in the middle has health problems

(On the left you see a Skywalker situation. Not intended. Not avoidable.)

I started doing research on the Edo period because 1) it is awesome and 2) its political structure and technology really gets the creative juices flowing. What do rich people wear when it’s friggin’ hot? What do the common people wear? Where do the textiles come from? Why?

Letting out some Edo
Letting out some Edo

But then I was all like, oh Edo, that’s so cliché. Let’s try to look at some other cultures.

Then I realized that I thought costumes look either “European” or “Japanese” because I totally didn’t understand the subtleties of historical dress.

And I still don’t. But I do respect now that the rabbit hole of high-tech, warm-climate historical costume goes very very deep, and just because a garment has layers and bell sleeves doesn’t make it Japanese.

I did just enough reading to crib and steal and think a little about function and source, but not too much, because 80/20 rule.

Petyr Littlefinger up in this piece
Petyr Littlefinger up in this piece
One of these things is not like the others
One of these things is not like the others

Learning is hard, but I will try to keep doing it.

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