About the Costumes
The costumes are central to the film, as it defines the characters’ tribal identities. In the Chrysaintian village everyone is dressed like royalty, wearing rich, colorful, and/or patterned fabrics.
The costumes I feel are the brightest star of the film, the costumes reveal so much about the characters.
The Chrysaintian villagers are shown in shiny colorful rich and patterned fabrics much like royalty.
For example, Eithinne, although she is a chamber maid, wears gold and emerald trimmed off-white and green dress similar to what a noble would wear in medieval courts.
Also her emerald green robe laces up the front reminiscent of the historical “Irish dress.”
Cagneon wears a circlet style crown and a red velvet tunic over a green cape with an intricately embroidered collar. On the tunic is the Chrysaintian sash represents his rank as a leader and chieftain as well as the red color which contrasts with the guards’ blue uniforms. He wears a blue ring made of marble surrounded by emerald green and gold gems, reminiscent of Ireland. This ring identifies him that he is a chieftain. The ring is later presented to Elisha when he is chosen to be king.
The Chrysaintian Soldiers wear a solid deep blue tunic and pants, and carry a weapon to identify themselves as army men. Gabriel, the King’s adviser and the Soldier leading the election of the new king wears a blue tunic with silver embroidery which is in the shape of a flower with a curved stem on each side. The embroidery represents higher rank than the other Soldiers.
Cagin and d’acrs costumes bear similarities because Their identical dress symbolizes two things: Chrysaintian identity and synchronization of heart, revealing they are a romantic couple.
Cagin’s costumes are the most important to the storyline by revealing her character arc. In the opening sequence she wears her blue dress, chemise, and a royal blue velvet vest sewn with silver thread with a stone from D’arc’s amulet. She wears a Celtic knot work circlet. D’arc wears a royal blue velvet tunic, and his remaining four stones from his amulet.
A year after the supposed death of D’arc, Cagin’s dress is less luxurious. She wears a chemise, a blue belted gown, topped by a solid, unembellished, green cape. When Chrysaint is celebrating Elisha’s arrival, she chooses to seclude herself, opting to study biblical scrolls.
When she spends the day with Elisha in the forbidden Garlach woods, she wears a shiny maroon gown that stands out in the autumn colors of the woods.
Cagin’s wedding dress is blue Satin and is trimmed with buttons with merely decorative but authentic Celtic Knot work designs down the bodice. When Cagin attempts to escape the village upon hearing the quarrel in the smithy, she takes off her heavy and constricting gown and circlet leaving her in nothing but her chemise.
Because the chemise is essentially a medieval undergarment, Petra hands Cagin Eden’s Garlach vest to cover herself. Its Earth tones with rope trimming and ribbons communicate the crudeness and earthiness of Garlach identity.
The “Tara outfit” consists of Cagin’s green cape with the Tara broach attached. The brooch is a pseudo replica of a famous Irish broaches dated 755 A.D. It is believed to have been worn by royalty because of its intricate carvings and gems. With this cape, Cagin wears an off-white skirt with chemise and a brocaded vest of gold and maroon. The brocade pattern of the vest resembles curved elements found in the broach. She wears this when she kisses Elisha shortly before she is scheduled to become the village’s official chieftess. This is her most royal outfit suitable for the evening’s celebration.
Cagin wears the fighter dress when she fights and wields a sword for the first time. It is a velvet tunic laced up the sides modeled after a Soldier’s tunic. Gauntlets are worn over the billowing sleeves of the chemise designed to hold them back while fighting. The neckline has silver braid in the shape of a tear drop and a small Chrysaintian sash, elements that signify that she is royalty.
D’arc has only two costumes throughout the course of the film. As a distinguished Soldier, he wears D’arc’s Chrysaintian sash, usually reserved for royalty, indicates the king’s favor of him. When in exile, he is dressed in his old solid blue tunic which acts as an undershirt and a grey laced tunic.
Elisha wears three costumes throughout the film. His black priestly robe with a harp usually strapped to his belt. This indicates he is a bard, perhaps not a fighter.
Although this robe was generally worn by clerics later in the Middle Ages, the religious symbolism of the garment was fitting for the role of a pagan priest or druid. Druids wore robes of natural colors, off-white or light brown colors. Elisha wears a light brown shirt as underwear while he is praying in the chapel. This signifies his crude and natural state, his openness to God, and preparation for salvation.
Finally, Elisha dresses as a Christian King by donning a Chrysaintian blue satin, Irish Celtic knot work trimmed tunic. The luminous fabric and color indicates his royal status. The significance of Elisha’s changing clothes from his druidic robe to Chrysaintian tunic symbolizes his decision to convert to Christianity and answer to his calling as a Christian king. His tunic replaced his robe, his sword replaced his harp, and his role as a druid bard is replaced by the role of a king.
The Garlach women wore silver, white and light blue. The blue represents the old broken alliance with Chrysaint. Selah’s Roman-inspired style represents her wish for high rule. She wore a blue veil, and a silver shawl that drapes across one shoulder. Eden wore the traditional medieval cotedehardie only with chiffon open Romanesque sleeves. Eden’s wedding blue over tunic is also Roman-inspired.
The blue in their costumes represents the old broken alliance with Chrysaint. Selah’s Roman-inspired style represents her wish for high rule. She wore a blue veil, and a silver shawl that drapes across one shoulder. Eden wore the traditional medieval cotedehardie only with chiffon open Romanesque sleeves. Eden’s wedding blue over tunic is also Roman-inspired.
Garlachs John and Petra with Cagin (center). >
Garlach men wore tunics with contrasting earth tones mainly because they left the safety of the tuath and had to blend in with their environment.
The Garlach Amulets
The men wore black, white, or green amulets and women wore pink amulets. D’arc’s amulet was navy blue revealing that he is both Garlach and a Chrysaintian.