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My Fair Lady: From Rags to Riches Thtr 3011002 October 12 th , 2006
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My Fair Lady is a colorful musical with many underlying themes. It is a truly unique musical, yet the basis of the classic story told through such musicals as Cinderella and Annie Get Your Gun . These stories specifically share a common theme of rags to riches. It is emphasized through various characteristics within the play; though there are many aspects portraying this, the three most appropriate include the costuming, the sets throughout various scenes and the lyrics of the songs. The costume designer in this musical had a concrete idea of what it was he/she wanted to reveal through the costumes of the characters within each socioeconomic class. In the beginning Eliza is dressed raggedly, in dark, simple clothing. She has a dirty appearance, I would assume from working, since most lowerclasses preformed some type of manual labor. In her instance, Eliza sells flowers on the street to the rich passer-byers. She wears a simple, black hat accompanied with an apron. I notice that the wealthy people who pass by wear clothes of luxurious sense. The women’s hats are large and guady, taking over their entire head. They do not wear aprons, rather fur coats with satin gloves. The poorer people tend to dress in dark, dreary colors, versus the rich people who dress in bright, crisp colors that draw attention to the eye. Later in the musical, Eliza enters Professor Higgins office, in what she thinks is a rather fancy outfit. The costume designer was trying to show that Eliza lacked the class and money that a naturally priveledge woman would posses. Although her hat is large, like the richer women would wear; the feathers on her hat are rather old and worn, the colors awkwardly bright, and her gray skirt doesn’t compliment her brown blouse. Mr. Higgins even comments about her dirty clothes saying to burn them. From then on, Eliza
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is dressed in only the luxurious . She transitioned from her dirty clothes of the street to clothes she could have only dreamed of before. Finally, when she reaches the Derby, her outfit is the ultimate. The costume
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2008 for the course THTR 1019 taught by Professor Brown,joce during the Fall '06 term at Colorado.

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