Thursday, April 7, 2011

Your Highness Inspiration for Medieval Costumes

Zooey_Deschanel_Your_Highness_Medieval_DressesThe upcoming movie Your Highness starring Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel has great medieval costumes, and setting and is bound to be hilarious judging from the trailer. Your Highness costumes serves for good inspiration for medieval costumes ideas for Halloween and other dress up parties or Medieval weddings.

In the Your Highness movie, 2 princes born into the same family but worlds apart in terms of chivalry and personality are asked to track down a evil wizard who has abducted the lover of one of the princes. The wizard lives in the tower in the Your Highness movie as shown above, and the princes must somehow journey to the tower, avoid being killed, defeat the powerful magic - wielding wizard and rescue the lover - played by Zooey Deschanel.

Natalie Portman Your Highness Costume

Natalie Portman dresses up as a sexy yet powerful ranger rouge type character with strength, beauty and perfect archery skills. The team of the 2 princes encounter the character played by Natalie Portman on route to the dark tower of the wizard. They team up in the hope that their combined powers can overcome that of the wizard. Natalie's character wears a fantastic female robin hood type costume, armed with a bow. She also dresses down to her throngs in one scene, attracting the attention of the 2 princes.

The Princes and Wizard Your Highness Costumes

The princes dress up in their usual medieval princes type costumes - one is dashing and any medieval tunic can make him look good, the other is slightly plump but wears a full body protective armor to emphasize the knight in shining armor mentality. The wizard, despite his rather ugly looking teeth, looks quite wizardry in his wizard robes. Complement that with the supreme magical powers from his fingers as he abducts Zooey Deschanel - a true dark wizard indeed.

Zooey Deschanel Your Highness Costume

Zooey Deschanel dresses up as a princess and damsel in distress costume in Your Highness. Although her costume hardly changes, the costume blends into very fittingly. She gives a hilarious and wonderful performance in negotiating with the dark wizard.

"I had so many amazing costumes in the movie," Zooey tells Lucky magazine. "They weren't things I would normally wear. They were basically medieval gowns. It was really fun dressing up like I was going to a Renaissance fair for three months."

The costume department had hundreds of costumes for the extras—from elaborate regal finery and barely there loincloths and bikinis to the weird and bizarre dark-hooded costumes of Muldiss Darton’s denizens.

This was in addition to the individual styles of each principal cast member—from Thadeous’ misguided fashion, Fabious’ striking questing attire and Isabel’s warrior princess costumes to Leezar and Belladonna’s decorative costumes and the witches’ red cloaks.

To imagine the people of the medieval trading town of Muldiss Darton, Webb-Crozier crafted costumes with inspiration from original places. As Your Highness costume designer Webb-Crozier describes: “It wasn’t a script that you could be tame about. In order to make it funny, it was all or nothing. We’ve gone medieval but also into the ’70s and ’80s. There’s a bit of French influence, a bit of Italian. It couldn’t be done in a mild way, so I just went for it.”

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