Arbues in "The Baker of Madrigal"

Alferez Arbues

Character Analysis

Arbues is the faithful servant of the baker in "The Baker of Madrigal."  We can tell that he is more than a servant and has been a man of great military experience.  He is down to earth, loyal and capable.  I chose to dress him in the style of a Spanish soldier and the colors of camouflage.  His costume needs to express his dignity and his experience in the world.

Historical Model /Inspiration

This costume was inspired by the illustration of a Spaniard in 1579 (Figure 247) in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion.  The short cape and the hat design were also inspired by the historical re-enactors page of Calderon's Company.
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Concept Sketch

The short cape and feathery hat are essential to put the 15th century Spanish military stamp on the costume. But Arbues is an old soldier now in private service to a wealthy patron.  So the colors are subdued and the cloth of the doublet is rich cut velvet.  The trunk hose are longer and the skirts of the doublet shorter to depict his advanced age.

Designer's Notes

The doublets of the time were boned and stuffed with straw in the belly area.  The protruding stomach is no longer a mark of manliness so the costumes in this play did not have the stuffing.  I left Arbues' doublet relatively unstiffened because his character is much looser and easygoing than the others in the play.  
Concept for Arbues Costume


Alternate View

Arbues cleaning his sword while advising CesarArbues in his hat

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