I'm doing a project and its on what kind of clothing are on the characters from the book "Midsummer Nights Dream" By William Shakespeare.So i need to know what kind of clothing does each character...

I'm doing a project and its on what kind of clothing are on the characters from the book "Midsummer Nights Dream" By William Shakespeare.

So i need to know what kind of clothing does each character wear Modern, Athenian, Or Elizabethan?

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This is really up to your own interpretation. If you want to go the traditional route, you can dress the characters as Elizabethan. However if you want to stage the play differently, it has been done modern or with a more "magical" theme. Because there are the supernatural characters as well as human characters, some costumers have chosen to clothe the supernatural characters different than the humans. 

The Athenians are often dressed in medieval clothes, with the women in gowns with empire waist and lots of trims, using rich fabrics like velvets and headdresses with flowing scarves. The men can be costumed in tights and tops with puffy sleeves using jewel tone colors such as deep royal blue, a forest green, purple, or maroon. 

For the supernatural characters, Titania, the Queen of Fairies could be dressed in a flowing gown with gossamer fabric, wings, and flowers in her hair. Oberon, the King, can also have fairy clothing, dark woodsy greens and browns, wearing a crown. 

Puck should be dressed in a whimsical outfit with tights and a tunic of sorts, perhaps with a jagged hem, and maybe some vines trailing around his body. He is an earthy, whimsical character, and is often portrayed wearing a sprite-ish style costume. 

All of the fairies could be clothed in flowing, light fabrics, earth tones and light colors, and earthy accessories like flowers and leaves. 

Nick Bottom should wear a donkey head or donkey ears, which could be papier mache over a helmet of sorts or could simply be a pair of fabric donkey ears on a headband; the fabric could be a stiff felt or some fake fur over cardboard. 

These are common ideas that are usually used to costume the characters in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." But as this is a play, and open to artistic interpretation, nothing is set in stone. It might be fun to do an interpretation where the humans are Elizabethan and the fairies are modern, or anything you can think of!

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