Silks, velvets and heavy brocade fabrics were the order of fashion of the day during the Renaissance, and costumes in the theater reflected this. Feathers were a favored embellishment for costumes for the theaters of the Renaissance. Each aspect of theater production had its own specific structure for presentation.
Theater presentations reflected the rebirth thinking of the time. Plays were spectacles presented after weeks of preparing of staging and costuming. Special effects were popular among playwrights of the Renaissance theater, and elaborate costuming went hand in hand with these elaborate sets. Plays were divided into parts with intermissions or intermezzi presented between the acts of the plays. These intermezzi were in effect mini plays. They required their own costuming aspect. The entire stage was framed by its own arch called the presidium arch.