This production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus was set in the 1920’s and required a drag element as well, as a female was cast to play the lead male role. Trousers, a vest, and shirt were made for the character.
As this was a female playing a male character, the tailoring on the pieces had to bring out a more masculine sillouette in order to make it believable that this was the patriarch of the family.
To help the actress “feel” the part both as a male and the 1920’s several small details were included in the costume. The shirt was custom dyed and converted to a detachable collar with studs. The pants were made with a practical button fly.
Adding these practical details makes the costume more authentic and, in dressing, helps actors really experience the character.