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Look and feel

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They seek excellence in themselves, in everything they do. This should be reflected in costume. A citizen of Urizen will aspire to wear the best fabrics, the most flattering cuts and should always be well presented.

This is a Nation of timeless tranquility. Express this in clean lines and elegant styling. Robes should flow and billow and fall gracefully from the shoulders or hips.

Robes are worn long and draped over the body with layers of different materials in complementary shades. Clothing is similar for both genders. The staple items are long robes, but how you interpret this and what style they take might vary greatly. Typically several layers in complementary shades are worn together. The inner robed may well be tied at the waist with a soft sash but the outer robe is normally loose and hanging smoothly from the shoulders. Sleeves are often long and voluminous and may be false sleeves. or split to display the lower layers.


Similar nations

As there is no historical influence, this nation's image is quite distinct. It shares an emphasis on elegance with Highguard and Dawn. Some in these nations might wear a similar style of gown, but in Urizen a long elegant robe ought to be worn over the top. In Urizen there is more scope for fantasy ideas and perhaps a more exotic look to the costumes than in other nations.

Research

LOTR High Elves

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Nuada and Nuala - HellBoy II

The shape and layering of their costumes in this is great for Urizen. The red and black colour scheme of a few of the costumes is not right for this Nation.

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Padme Amidala - Star Wars

Several of Natalie Portman's costumes are excellent for Urizen. These two in particular have elegant folds of fabric that hang gracefully to the floor. Avoid the stiff costumes and geisha makeup of the first film however.

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The Jedi robes might also provide inspiration for traveling scholars and itinerant mages, but be careful not to fall into cliches.

Classical High Elf and magician images

Due to copyright issues it is difficult to post images here, but fantasy artwork is full of great ideas for Urizen costumes. Try google seraches for High Elves and Wizards


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Robes by Esther Reeves

In detail

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Colours

The colours are primarily a wide range of light pastel shades but strong dark colours like midnight blue or blood red could be appropriate for the right character. Aim to use a single colour in varying pale shades and add a complementary darker colour if accent is wanted.

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Materials

Materials suggest a refined, elegant people Coarse linens and wools will not be as appropriate here. However, this Nation will allow players to use more modern (potentially cheaper) and lightweight fabrics should they wish. Organzas and satins will make good layers of contrasting textures. Light cottons are cheap and practical. Silk of all kinds, especially dupion, shot taffeta etc, will make the most splendid costumes.

A guide to fabrics for kitmaking

Garment closures

The most iconic way of closing garments is with a wide sash around the waist. Long rows of small buttons would also look very elegant. Clasps and brooches could be used. Straps and buckles or lacing will probably look to coarse.

Decoration

The materials themselves are usually plain. The most common decoration is complex embroidery of looping spirals. Fabric can come pre-constructed with these designs or some costume companies can add these embroidery designs to your costume (no moons and stars motifs please)

Layer by layer

The following are suggestions on how to pull together costumes for three different characters in three simple layers. The aim is to show how a few simple, easy to source, and relatively cheap items can be combined to make a great costume

Warriors

The first later here is a top (or dress) in pale colours. Almost any top could be used but a Sherwani or Kurta looks especially good and can be purchased in most towns in the UK.

For all genders a double-split skirt (or dress) could be worn for a high fantasy feel - perhaps in leather for extra armour cover. This can be made simply by cutting up to the waistband of an existing skirt, either side of the centre. Alternatively it can be made in two parts. It is shown full length here but could be worn knee length or over trousers.

A brestplate will look particularly Urizen if layered on next, under the robes.

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For the second layer, a robe will look best. This could take many forms and lengths. Here it is shown short with split sleeves, which is another detail typical of Urizen. You could cut up to the arm seam of an existing robe and hem the edges to achieve this, or use this pattern.

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The third layer is a sash and outer robe. The shape of the Japanese Kataginu will create a great look for an Urizen costume. By adding tassets here the armour is split up creating more layers.

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Itinerant mages and traveling scholars

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This look is loosely based on Jedi costumes. To avoid it looking too similar use colours such as greens and blues and perhaps use a Sherwani or Kurta for the first layer over trousers.

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For travellers a shorter robe (or two) is practical for the next layer. This pattern is good for this layer and for a longer robe which could be worn over the top for warmth.

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A suggestion for a third layer here would be a short sleeveless robe similar to a Japanese Jimbouri. A long hooded robe would be good for a travelling coat, worn over the top.


High mages

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To create a majestic high mage look use multiple layers of loose robes. A sleeveless tunic gathered at the neckline and tied with a sash will make a good first layer. This could be made very simply by a novice tailor and offers a very cool option for hot events (pattern will be added). Alternatively a Sherwani or Kurta would once again be an easily available option, or you might want to chose a gown instead. This pattern is for a lovely Lord of the Rings inspired elven gown.

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The second layer is once again a hooded robe like this to make it distinctively Urizen. Long belled sleeves make it very lavish.

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Over this add a further robe with split sleeves (like this) or no sleeves. Made in velvet this would be warmer in winter months and would work well with a fur lining.

Below Is a demonstration of further layering to create an even more extravagant costume whilst still using the simple layers found in this section. Layer the long sleeveless tunic, then Sherwani or Kurta, robe, double-split skirt, mage armour hero belt, sash, split-sleeve robe, sleeveless robe, Jimbouri and finally mage armour such as this. Further suggestions for mage armour will follow.

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Jewellery

Armour

Resources

Costume

Lenora Gewandungen, a German costume designer. Her elven style costumes are perfect for Urizen.

Patterns

  • Traditional wizard robe
  • Some of these shapes would make great layers for an Urizen costume Simplicity 4795
  • The elegant lines and hanging sleves of this dress would make it a good style for a lower layer of a female Urizen costume: Simplicity 4940
  • The blue hooded robe is excellent and the short wrap-over robe would work for an itinerant mage: Simplicity 5840
  • This dark green cape would work as a robe for both men and women and has excellent split/false sleeves: Burda 7154

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Armour