This is a Hollywood Oscar Party, and we would like for the fans attending to really get into the spirit by dressing up. Black Tie optional means that if you have a Tux, or an Evening Gown, wear it. (TheOneRing.net staff will be dressed to the max!) If you do not have that, go with the next best thing. This does not mean you should dress down at all. Security will not allow you into the party if you do not meet the dress code. You are also welcome to attend in costume, with limitations. See these limitations below:
Costuming Rules and Guidelines
late 17th-19th century, middle class wear. Think country gentleman. Blousey old fashion shirt with vest and/or jacket. Shorten your pants and get some suspenders. Wear sandals or other neutral colored shoes.
mid 15th-17 century middle class wear: blousey shirt, not too low, multiple skirts hemmed short, Ren-Faire bodice or at least a bibbed apron, can tuck a triangular kerchief at the neck. Wear sandals or other neutral colored shoes.
Fancy: Plain, rich full length tunics, high necked, better w/o trim - 9th-12th century, open robe over it. Consider a quiet patterned narrow sleeved kimono, middle-eastern robes or some satin bathrobes. Layers, belted with wide scarf or obi (inside layer only). Hunters: Suede t-tunics over long sleeve high necked mundane shirts or an old Nehru jacket. Slightly fitted pants. Boots.
10th - 14th century fitted gowns, preferably with flared sleeves. A fairy princess, princess seamed full length dress. (Old bridesmaid dresses with soft frills). Also consider modern beaded gowns, fitted - with a scooped neck. Add some chiffon sleeves, narow at the top, very wide at the bottom. Light colored shoes, including 19th century boots.
T-tunics with wide trim no longer than mid calf or Henry the VIII doublets and "skirt". Wear with long pants (and armor). If you have a short overcoat add it. Wide belt on the outside. Bold belt buckle. Got Klingon? Use the metal and leather as accessories, not the whole outfit. Use wide belts for bandoleers. Boots.
See Male Dwarf . Gimli himself says that the women look a lot like the men??? It's up to you whether you choose the "Klingon" option of skirts and even longer wilder hair or look just like the guys and add a beard.
Ah, wizard robes or full length tunics, belted, with staff, hat and beard. Over robe is aba shaped (rectangular middle east wrap) or Ruana (a Peruvian wrap). Wear pants under if tunic is slit.
9th-14th century, long tunics, long sleeved, court wear for SCA, Viking and Celtic. Though the Sir Thomas Moore look of the mid-15 century would work too. Layers. Outer surcoat can be sleeveless. Darker colors. Rohan uses a lot of browns.
6th-14th century, long sleeved. Get out a mundane sleeveless jumper or wear a shorter t-tunic over a long skirt or gown. Belt it. Also consider using a corselet. You could also use a kirtle with a sideless surcoat or cotehardie. We see them all.
People of Middle-earth, remember you are attending a party in the far future land of 21st century Hollywood. The natives are currently very sensitive to armament. Please leave all sharp steel things at home, or anything that might be mistaken for such by the local guardians of the "Kingdom of Oscar". This IS a party, not a battle conference.
In plain English, this is not a night to come armed (or with anything that even looks like a weapon) when the security are going to be on highest alert and the party is well within the security perimeter. Leave the knives, axes, arrows and swords at home, whether they be props, plastic or real. Your costume will still look great without them! You will not be allowed into the party for any reason if you have a weapon.
- If you are coming in 21st century wear, please remember this is a formal/semi-formal event. If you have a tux or can rent one, wear it. If you have an evening dress, wear it.
- Shoes required, even for hobbits. Exemption for PJ only.
- Spandex does not exist in Middle Earth, only an Orc would be caught wearing spandex, and we hunt Orcs... leave it for the modern clothes.
- All crowns, cloaks and rings are optional.
More questions? Come on over to LOTR Costume and we'll try to help ya.