Man of La Mancha
by
Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion
and Mitch Leigh


University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Graduate Costume Design
Theoretical Project

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The color story of the costumes mirrors the play.  First to appear are the Inquisition Captain and his guards in grays, steely blues, and blacks. The first bits of bright color arrive with Cervantes, and as Quixote’s world becomes more immersive, the tones become more vibrantly saturated. 

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The

Captain 

of the 

Inquisition

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A Guard

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Sancho Panza

Cervantes' and his Man Servant's clothes are valuable, making them a prime target for thievery.  In tones of blue and gold, they are are out of place amongst the prisoners, who are in dingy browns and greens and burnt oranges.  

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The Manservant

Cervantes

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Sancho

Don Quixote

Halter-cut leather vests transition to harnesses as two prisoners become Quixote's horse and Sancho's mule. 

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Quixote's Horse

Sancho's Mule

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I had used crown masks in a children's theatre production of the play, allowing the children's faces to be seen when their heads were lifted.

Another prisoner becomes Maria, the Innkeeper's wife.

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The concept for Maria was inspired by

The Old Peasant Woman

by Giacomo Ceruti

Prisoner #5 

Maria

Aldonza, the strumpet of the inn, (costumed in peelable layers) becomes the pure and virginal Dulcinea in Quixote's eyes. 

 

Her fiery orange and rose palette is exclusionary with bits of cerulean that tie her to the world of the inn.

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Aldonza's shawl is thrown over her head during the Abduction.

Aldonza

As other characters with competing agendas take sides, the palette for the Barber and the Padre reflects their neutrality.

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Prisoner #6

The Barber

The Padres belt, sleeve interest, and caul echo his prisoner's costume.

Similar repetitions of style are a design theme used throughout.

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Prisoner #4

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The Padre

Quixote's family and retainers shift from maroons to royal magentas, elevating their status and power.  The "Duke" of the prison becomes Dr. Carrasco, and two other prisoners become Quixote's niece and housekeeper.

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The "Duke"

Prisoner #2

Prisoner #3

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Dr Carrasco

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Antonia

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The Housekeeper

Costumed with hats, and textured vests, kerchiefs, and sashes produced from Cervantes', trunk; a band of prisoners become the Muleteers.

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Pedro

Juan

Tenario

Anselmo

Jose

The Knight of the Mirrors and his attendants, in icy grays and blacks, razor sharp emblems, and pointed armor, destroy Quixote's fantasy by forcing him to see the reality of his life, "in black and white."

The palette returns full circle to the that of Cervantes captors from the beginning of the play.

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