Every Halloween, people of all ages transform themselves into an array of characters and creatures for an evening of festivities. However, costumes are not a new occurrence in modern culture. The Renaissance courts often hosted masques, a magnificent stage show with music, singing, and dancing for visiting princes or honored guests. Courtiers and even kings often took part with non-speaking roles. All performers and participants wore costumes specifically designed by a distinguished artist for the event. The costumes could represent anything from a historic figure to an allegory. Above are 16th century costume designs by Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
In order:Geometry, Knight, Cook, Music, Astronomy, Headdress design