Artists often used costume

Artists often wore clothing that signified that they were playing a character. Often costumes were used to make the artist ‘larger than life’, and they took on almost comic-book representations. Their very appearance allowed them to introduce elements of fantasy and imaginative conversation simply by appearing dressed differently from other adults. Students were immediately curious and were often willing to suspend their disbelief for extended periods of time. Even if they knew the real-life artist very well, they willingly entered into the spirit of play and interacted with the character that was represented to them. Artists sometimes swapped between their ordinary clothes and costume to show children when they were performing, and when they were preparing work to be performed.

Video materials

A selection of videos from our Vimeo channel on costume can be viewed below.