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Re:best costume suppliers. 7 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 6  
accessorise with many silver or gold adornments, preferably ones that do something

Or alternatively so much bling that you look like Mr. T's niece eh Sarah

Also a staff is far and away the best parrying weapon you can get - a must for 'proper' wizards who realise that carrying a shield means you don't have a hand free for casting!

(Grey specialists excluded as they should cast 'before' a fight to make themselves only slightly worse at fighting than a warrior half their rank . They need shields.)

Back to Michael's original query...
To stand out from the crowd think creatively. What sort of character do you want to be? A robe (velvet) is pretty standard dress for a black wiz. but does it have the necessary panache? Why not go with a tailcoat coupled with a pair of smart trousers and a black dress shirt with ruffles cuffs and a pair of black leather driving gloves. A top hat and some simple silver jewellery finishes the look. Classy, dapper and screams "I'm a wizard and I'm more powerful than you".

My first consideration when putting a costume together is to sort out some headgear, or other method to make my face look different from usual. This is because when people are talking to you they usually look you in the face. If you look significantly different people are more likely to remember that you are playing a character and react and respond accordingly. It also makes you *feel* different, particularly when you catch your reflection in mirrors or windows.

If you really want to test an outfit imagine you are having a passport photo taken of the character - if you've really got the bottle get fully kitted up and go into town and get some done Ask yourself how Morns passport photo would differ from Michaels passport photo. There are many ways to achieve this including hats, hoods, full make-up, war-paint prosthetics or a combination can all work wonders. For example I have several characters who all look significantly different even if every aspect of their outfit below the neck is obscured (tied up in a sack probably).

Finally, give a thought to practicality. Robes look good but unless they are very well fitted they can be extremely restrictive. This makes running away, climbing over things or otherwise lifting a leg more than a few inches off the floor rather difficult. If too long they will catch on things and you end up dragging half a forest after you.

On the other hand I have a scout character whose costume consists of a light-sleeveless cotton shirt and a knee length leather 'kilt'. Rabbit skins are tied to the lower legs for 'warmth' but it is a ridiculous costume for any event not run during a heatwave (and I always seem to play him in February or October....).

Beards, Tooth plates or full head prosthetics look good but can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods (ask the Duegar), if that is going to spoil your enjoyment don't do it - if you are taking off your beard or taking out your teeth every five minutes you are effectively making it easier for youself to drop out of character. You can remove these things during time out without impact but consider if you would need to do so more often.

I may be waffling now.

Erm. Did you just want someone to recommend a good source of kit?

I don't really know anywhere, sorry (I make most of mine usually - or get someone more skilled to do it for me via the blagging or begging skills refereeing has helped me develop).

Goth/Vampire websites may be a good source of a decent black robe/outfit?

Do avoid lightweight smiffeys style robes (sold as fancy dress) as they don't hang well (due to poor design and cheap materials) and fall apart under the sort of punishment an event puts them through. Be prepared to pay for a quality robe/piece of kit that will last you years.

Contacting Opera Houses, Theatres, Drama Groups etc. may produce interesting results as these costumes tend to be very well made from good quality fabric. Can always be adjusted to suit your needs and can often be bought for peanuts once a show is finished and they need to clear their storage areas out. Birmingham has several theatres you could try - always worth a go.

Definitely waffling now.
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