My new bodice! Any idea what cosplay this could go with?
Rennaisance Faire at Casa De Fruta
went to Ren Fest today with Kelsey, Leland, Laura, and Porsche. this was my favorite part. people watching was super awesome. everyone there was really nice. maybe i’ll post about one day… but i need to go to bed!
For the everyone that says Egyptians were white and for the people that just don’t know, this is a bust of king Tut. Note the color of his skin. Thank you.
ok who the fucking hell would think egyptians were white though i mean seriously
Closest living descendant of the ancient Egyptians (according to genetic analysis).
Hello, I saw your post about all the hate you get that we don't see. In case it helps, I think your blog is excellent and informative and I enjoy reading it very much. I am a professional costumer and I perform in Renaissance faires, and there is so much here that I can share with the people I work with. And you site all your sources, which is invaluable.
I think that Renaissance festivals, as one of the most pervasive ways Medieval and Renaissance European culture is enjoyed today, can be at the leading edge of changing our perceptions of racial homogeneity during that time.
I know far too many people of color who’ve been harassed for participating, or told they “couldn’t” for one reason or another.
I think more than anything, the “historical accuracy” argument harms here in a way that impacts a lot of history and fantasy fans.
Thank you for sharing this information with the people you work with, in hopes of creating a more supportive and inclusive environment for the current generation of Medieval/Renaissance fans and cosplayers.
This definitely needed to be addressed. Some people’s inner bigot comes out at Faires, Conventions, etc. and it can be disheartening.
I have been a part of a Renaissance Fair group for about 6 years now
I just came back from one today and let me tell you
There was a group of kids walking through the fair on the first day, a good number of them were Black. They all stopped and stared and me when they saw me standing there in a corset and peasant skirt.
They stopped and stared and whispered “is she a princess?” even though I was wearing simple clothing and not anything close to nobility garb, And they smiled and took pictures and were so excited to see me because I finally gave them a glimpse of themselves in a time period that they’ve been told we don’t exist in.
Because there are no depictions of Black people in Medieval times and Renaissance times that are easily accessible.
The last time I saw a Black person in a Medieval setting on television was back when “Mystik Knights of Tyr Na Nog” was still on Fox Kids.
This shit is so important.
haha man. I remember the one and only time i broke out my Moorish alchemist persona at the NY Ren Faire and somebody straight up asked me if I was a slave
why i only ever do pirates and noblewomen anymore
I go to the local Faire in Tudor noblewoman’s garb complete with jeweled French Hood, brooches, jeweled girdle and farthingale hoop.
Here’s a pic of me in some of my garb:
And yes, I get looks. I even got one White dude who asked if there were Black folks in the 1500s. I asked him, “Do you mean in England or on the planet?” He replied “Both.” I gave him a “you canNOT be serious look and said, “Yes.” “Yes, to which one?” “BOTH!” But mostly, I get folks thinking I work there (I don’t. I’m a playtron) and folks requesting pictures. When I first started dressing up, I’m sure I was the weird Black chick dressing in Ren clothes. Now, I’m the chick with the awesome garb.
Those are AMAZING costumes.
inside the green dragon inn, hobbiton