I understand what you're on about, Katherine. It's as if a group
decides to throw an event with a theme, but doesn't go all the
way. They have some food that follows the theme, and they
group the A&S classes into categories under the theme. But the
event isn't truly themed in any way shape or form.
Of course I don't think anyone should require people to make
new outfits to attend an event. But to take for example a
Japanese themed event -- if you have no interest or desire in
Japanese culture, don't go to the event. Of course the events to
which I refer in particular were small and intimate. They included
no fighting and there wasn't even any room to teach a class
(although I think some were taught). So it's not as if Coronation
or 12th Night had a theme.
I was around when one of the Queen's whims was "No T-tunics"
and Jehanne made her lovely green tunic. Not exactly a theme,
I kinda don't get themes. I mean, I am a 16th century
Irishwoman or a 10th century Japanese woman or a 15th century
Englishwoman and that's the size of it. I'm not going to let
anything convince me to be Italian or Spanish or Chinese in any
period. I just have no interest. But for someone who doesn't
have a persona and likes to make different outfits all the time, I
guess this could be motivation for a new one.
I don't exactly know what I'm saying. Yes, I generally ignore
themes in terms of what I wear. But I think if you have a theme, it
should reach across more than just the food served at the feast.
A 16th century Irishwoman can attend a "party" whose theme is
the Roman Empire and not wear a toga, y'know? But it would be
nice if we played Roman games, watched Roman athletics, as
well as ate Roman food.
So I guess I'm agreeing with you, Katherine. Themes should
mean something more than just what's served at the feast. But I
don't think anyone should feel they must make a new outfit for it if
they aren't looking for a project. I don't think anyone was saying