Bess and Edmund went to one last year, and, of course, looked AMAZING. I wonder what all the people who were HIRED for the faire thought of themselves by comparison?
Ita erat quando hic adveni.
lol Bess looks amazing anyway And I bet she did blow their brains out..
unless there were a few who thought that her clothing was so different to theirs, it was obviously not 'authentic' by their standards?
You two are making me blush!!!
It was a wonderful weekend when Edmund and I went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin. The Nobles (Queen's Court) knew we were coming and we had to be a bit careful on the Saturday otherwise we wouldn't have seen ANYTHING else of the event.
On the Saturday we found ourselves taking part in the daily "Presenting the Nobles to the Queen". I wonder what the lady who played the Queen must have thought when faced with Edmund and me - whom she would not have known!! She did it VERY well though.
On the Sunday, I came down about lunchtime and found that THIS time, the Nobles were NOT going to let me go whatsoever for the rest of the day!
I had a very surreal moment where I was sitting on a chair with a bevy of noble ladies on the floor in front of me pushing bits of embroidery and sewing that they had done onto my lap and asking my opinion. There were gentleman also standing around me asking questions about costume too. Their whole attitude was as though I was this brilliant costumer being a teacher to their work. I am not THAT good at all (I could understand it if Ninya Mikhaila was there!! She is a BRILLIANT costumer!!!).
Where was the Queen? Pretty much on her own trying to pretend that her ladies hadn't totally deserted her! It really was as though a second Court had sprung up in the middle of the proper one!!! Very surreal indeed.
What got me was the standard of costuming in the nobles is very good BUT it is very much full of "fair-isms" mainly thanks to the costuming book of the 1970s by "Winter and Savoy". Most nobles ladies skirts can't be made unless they have over 10 YARDS of fabric in it! they braid and then bead and then put more braid on as decoration so costumes tend to be very "busy" and the bodices are always separate from the skirts.
The Nobles were genuinely really lovely people and SO welcoming and I won't say a bad word about them. All they wanted to know was where they were going "wrong" with their costumes so I did point out that 10 yards of fabric really isn't needed!! I also pointed out that if they went for plain silks they wouldn't get so hot as they were with they heavy upholstery fabrics. A few of them said they would LOVE to get wools like my red 1569 wool gown. I said that most of my fabrics come from the USA! That practically floored them.
Edmund and I are thinking of going back out again this year and this time perhaps spending the evening with them after the event has closed for the night. I may have two new costumes this time.
All in all, it was a great place to visit. Its best not to try to compare with British re-enactment groups because the whole ethos is VERY different. The Brits like the idea of making sure everything is authentic and we seem to prefer "educating" visitors with entertainment as an extra, whereas the Ren Faires are Entertainment first and foremost.
SCA is very different again as there are no visitors. Its all done purely for the participants.
I think I prefer the British way but its no better or worse and there can be some dreadful costumes here in Britain as well.
Now, I just need to work out why this thread seems to have jumped three pages and not notified me!!
Hugs to all.