It is a collective term for all items of apparel worn by men, women, children and pets also nowadays.One of the primary purpose of clothing is to keep the wearer comfortable. A feature of all modern human societies is the wearing of clothing. A category encompassing a wide variety of materials that cover the body. The other purpose of clothing is functional as a protection from the elements.
Clothes also enhance safety during hazardous activities such as hiking. Clothing provide a barrier, keeping toxins away from our body and limiting the transmission of germs. Clothing performs important role social and cultural function. A uniform for example, way identify civil authority figures. In many societies norms about clothing, reflects standard of modesty, religion etc.
throughout history, many materials have been used for clothes eg, leather.
The term costume can refers to wardrobe and dress in general or to the different style of dress of a particular people class or time. It may also refers to the artistic arrangement of accessories in a picture, statue poem or play appropriate to the time place or other circumstances represented.
A particular style of clothing worm to portrait the wearer as a character or type of character other than their regular persona as a social event such as a fancy dress party or in a artistic theatrical performance.
- Theatrical costumes
One of the most prominent places people see costumes is theatre. Also in films and Tv. Theatrical costumes can help actors to portrait role. Often stylised Theatrical costumes can exaggerate some aspect of a character.
2. National costumes
National costume or regional costume express local identity and emphasises a cultural’s unique attributes. It is often a source of national. Example — Japanese in Kimono, Scotsman in a Kilt.
3. Holidays and Festivals
Costumes are important part of holidays and fest. Christmas and easter costumes typically portrait mythical characteristics and their characters such as Santa or Jesus, Halloween-Supernatural creatures.
Costumes also serve as an avenue for children to explore and role play. Children can dress up in various forms for example — Pirates, Princess or Cowboys. Common jobs like Nurse, Doctor or animals like cheetah, tiger etc.
Another very popular situation where costumes are employed are for sporting events, where people dressed as their team’s representatives mascot help the club or team rally round their team’s cause. Animal costumes which are visually similar to mascot costumes are also popular.
Example — Michelin man by Michelin, Mickey mouse for walt Disney or Rich uncle pennybags for Monopoly.