Developing an appropriate costume can be daunting, but don't despair. There is a lot of information available, and experienced members of Fezziwig's who will be happy to assist you.

The important thing to remember is that we are the company party of a middle class businessman. The majority of the cast should be in working or middle class clothing.     


There are a lot of resources available. First, see the general guidelines on the Dickens Fair site. 

These guidelines, while excellent, are designed for the overall Dickens Fair and don't cover a few of the more specific requirements of Fezziwig's.

Here are some more specific costume notes for our purposes:



 Perhaps the most important note we can give you is that you should not buy or make a costume before consulting with us to be sure it can be approved. We would hate for you to spend a great deal of money, or expend muh time and effort, only to end up with something that you can't wear at the Dickens Fair.   



If you don't have a lot of money to spend on costuming one place to start is the thrift store. Things to look for are:

* a scarf/shawl

* plaid trousers for men

* doilies to be made into ladies' head covers

* white button up blouses for ladies

* undershirts

Ask a veteran to take you shopping. Their experience can be invaluable in identifying things that will work.

There are also a lot of online resources for buying costumes.

And a very important note: please wear your costume shoes and corset before opening day. Wear them to workshops and rehearsals as soon as possible. Do not try to break them in opening weekend. You will regret it.



Recommended costumers change year to year. If you are looking for a costumer to help you create your costume, please post to the Fezziwig cast list to ask for suggestions and who is currently taking commissions.

Three Quick Tips for Working with a Professional Costumer:

   ·    Not all costumers are dancers. Make certain that your costumer knows that you will be dancing in your day dress ALL DAY LONG, not simply sitting, taking tea, and looking pretty!

   ·    Make sure the hem of your skirt is at least our recommended 3 inches off the ground. Some costumers tend to want to make the hemlines too long. If possible, the skirt also needs reinforcement of some kind around the hemline.

   ·    Be especially careful to remind your costumer that you will need to be able to raise your arms above your head and also need to be able to extend your arms as far as they'll go. Show your costumer the arm movements of the Congress of Vienna. The tight sleeves of some early and mid-Victorian afternoon dress styles are simply not appropriate for Fezziwig's.

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