Waistband In Romeo And Juliet

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The costume design for Rosalind in the court implores the use of high quality saffron fabric to compose in an elaborate, yet simple, design pattern in colors representative of wealth and power. The waistband of the dress represents the oppressive nature of patriarchal victorian society towards women and their expression of femininity. The flower attached to the waistband represents Rosalind’s unrestrainable individuality and her desire for self-expression and the fulfillment of her own goals for personal happiness, a trait she exposes often throughout the play, as she explains to Orlando, “Men are April when they woo, December when they wed:/ maids are May when they are maids, but the sky/ changes when they are wives" (4.1.156-157). The costume
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