Baz Lurhman’s Romeo and Juliet- Use of costuming
The costuming throughout the movie has actually been changed into modern-day clothes. The costuming worn at the Capulet’s party represents the position of the wearer in many different ways. Juliet and Romeo are frequently seen in white. Romeo appears in mostly blue tones or pale silvers while Juliet’s signature is pure white. Basic tones would stress that they are, in a way, like specters, the ones whose hang on life is the most rare. The white colour represents their beautiful, vibrant and pure nature and develops a strong contrast with the people around them. In this scene, Romeo is dressed as a knight and Juliet as an angel.
This visualizes what Shakespeare is implying– that Romeo sees himself as a knight in shining armour, and that in the meantime, Juliet is his pedestal for excellence, it also shows the irony of Shakespeare’s implications by elaborating it into images, supplemented by outfits, lighting and music. Juliet’s white angel outfit shows the idea of Juliet being so lovely and pure that she is similar to an angel and the colour white symbolises that she is extremely innocent and naive. Romeo’s knight outfit shows his youthful character, looking for his love.
Paris is an astronaut to reveal that his ideal nature and how he is “a man of wax” and is so best that he seems out of this world and also connects him metonymically to the heavenly Juliet. Tybalt is worn a devil outfit with devil horns accompanied by his 2 “cronies” dressed as white-faced skeletons serves as a “foreshadowing for his violent end. It likewise informs the audience that they are the evil villains in this motion picture. Capulet is worn a purple toga, symbolising a royal roman emperor who is very powerful and can do whatever he likes.
Girl Capulet is using a Cleopatra outfit which exposes her stress and anxiety concerning her subsiding appeal and her vicarious enjoyment at thought of her daughter wedding Paris. Her costume likewise suggests that she is not a loyal lady, and like Cleopatra, is popular for cheating. Benvolio’s monk outfit exhibits his function as peacemaker. Mercutio is dressed as a cross cabinet to indicate that he is not on any side of the feud in between the Montagues and Capulets. When they fulfill for the second time after the celebration, Juliet no longer has her wings and Romeo has actually removed his mask and armor, but part of their outfits still remains.
This is to reveal that they have revealed the feelings for each other. The Montague/Capulet boys, on the other hand, offer a decidedly garish contrast to Romeo and Juliet. We see Romeo and his good friends Mercutio and Benvolio dressed in vibrant Hawaiian shirts and shorts at the beach. This reveals that they are vibrant and invented their own method of using clothes to fit the climate and the environments. Their hair was very short and the lush Hawaiian-style shirts which were very vibrant and colorful, made everybody know who they were.
The choice of costumes also help in providing the characters to the audience. Each one is worn a way that directly reflects his/her function in the story, hence making it simpler to understand not only this scene, however also the characterization of these people throughout. Tybalt and his other fellow Capulets are frequently worn black, wearing ornamental and expensive pieces of clothes, and bullet-proof vests have become needed devices. This symbolises their evil, wicked characters underneath their more manicured and preening look.