Scrivener in "The Baker of Madrigal"


Character Analysis

The scrivener reads the sentences and take notes.  The "character" is more of a prop setting the trial scene. 

Historical Model /Inspiration

The inspiration from this costume came directly from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion.  Her book has illustrations of a learned man's gown and the cutting diagram  from Alcega's 1589 book, Libro de Geometrico, practica y traca.  This costume was designed directly from those models shown on page 6 of Arnold's book.  The sleeves are one piece cut to make the two-part look. 

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Concept Sketch

A scrivener or a writer was probably a "learned man."  This sketch shows the round gown with sleeves that have a large upper portion and fitted lower portion.  I began with the traditional four cornered hat that looks a bit like a mortar board.  When the director cast a woman in the role of Scrivener I returned to the scrivener's hood as illustrated in Alcega's cutting diagram.

Designer's Notes

This costume was fun for an academic to build.  Our academic regalia has changed very little from the Renaissance, and yet this robe is much simpler.  The hood was the trickiest part to put together because although Alcega's diagrams are labeled, the labels are not explained. 
Concept Sketch for the Scrivener

Alternate View

Scrivener's hat

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