The musical “Cinderella” (Broadway Version) ends with a grand wedding scene and the marriage of Ella and the Prince. We did not have a costume suitable for the officiate at the wedding in our costume stock, so we needed to create one. I did want to be careful that it was strictly “representative” of a religious figure. After experiencing the backlash of a public complaint last year from the lyrics in “Omigod You Guys!” I rather felt like I was walking a tightrope for this particular costume.
I went with the white and gold theme for the robes as that coordinated with my wedding scene color palette of neutrals. The gold in the robes is reflected in the metallic gold motif on the front of the tunics the soldiers are wearing. The actual costume was the collaboration between two volunteers.
The hat was made by drawing a pattern on newspaper and adjusting it until the desired shape and size was created. This shape was cut out of the stiff batting from the inside of a set of old crib bumpers. Crib bumpers are a great source of really stiff batting and they can often be found for very little money as the breathable mesh ones are currently more popular. The same pattern (plus seam allowance) was cut from an old sheet, and this was used to make the outer cover. The hat was trimmed with metallic gold ric-rac and gold satin appliques. A modified fleur-de-lis was chosen for the main applique.
The top robe was made from a gold fringed tablecloth. The tablecloth was folded in half and a hole was cut for the neck, with a slit in the front so that it would go over the head of the cast member. The neck was finished with a gold applique/facing, and some gold trim. The lower end of the front slit has some extra stay stitching to help prevent tearing. A similar facing was described in this post, only instead of turning the facing to the inside, it was brought to the outside as a garment detail.
The undertunic is a simple robe made from an old sheet. It has a zip front, and some slits on the sides to facilitate walking. This could be made with a pattern, or could be made similarly to the no-pattern poet shirt described in the linked post above.
And . . that is all there is to it!
I was fortunate to have found the round metallic gold tablecloth. It would be easy to substitute a white or gold fabric and embellish it with gold trim. A textured white tablecloth or bedspread would be a good source of fabric. I liked the way the tall “bishop-styled” hat provided a nice silhouette in the wedding scene.
Cost: tablecloth $2.88, bumper pads: $1.00 (with tons left), donated: sheet, zipper, trim.