If by your art, my dearest father, you have
put the wild waters in this roar, allay them!
So spake I while living my theatrical dreams as a seventeen-year-old playing Miranda in a college production of The Tempest. I’m very fond of this isolated island castaway and the brave new world she discovers, and it’s probably no surprise that I still have most of her lines memorized: including the bold opening speech in which she begs her wizard-father to stop the darn storm that he’s churned up. Seriously, Prospero, someone’s going to write a play about this all now.
This $3 thrift-store dress (it was sold to me as a shirt, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s just a really short dress? Or maybe I’m just too flexible in my clothing classifications) immediately reminded me of Miranda. Perhaps it’s the open-shoulder design, which might appeal to a daughter of a noble-sorcerer who needs her full range of motion to survive on a mysterious island. In any case, I was happy to play Prospero and develop the illusion still further by adding on a few maritime accessories!
Last year, at this time, I had just finished up my whirlwind month of leading tours for an exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio–and I think I’ve shown off the souvenir pin I received in recognition of my museum adventures in a previous pin roundup post! The colors are a good match for this floral dress, though, and I think it complements the Shakespearean theme.
Now I’m wondering what other contemporary adaptations of Shakespearean heroines might be lurking in my closet (or the local thrift shop). So many productions think of Lady MacB as a kind of shadowy, seductive figure in velvets and satin, but what about wearing a lacy white slip dress to mimic a nightgown? For some reason I’m picturing Beatrice wearing fashion overalls (but maybe that’s just because my life is much ado about fashion overalls at the moment). I can’t even imagine how much fun I could have with assorted fairy, ghost, and/or witch characters.
Should this be a future outfit post series? Maybe. Should I just acquire a First Folio of my own? Most definitely.