The doll house is a play that was written by Henri Ibsen and played for the first time in December 1879 at the Royal theatre in Denmark. The play manifests the intuitions of Henri Ibsen about the dominance of the male society over the female gender.
The choice of the production name as Doll house will be symbolic and, therefore, instill a sense of anxiety in the audience about the contextual nature of the doll as a puppet. Arguably, the play will consider the outreach of the audience through costume design element as an approach to entice the audience and instill the sense of understanding themes and teachings of the play in the society.
In Act one of the plays “Doll house”, Nora reveals to Mrs. Linde of the money she borrowed from Krogstad to cover their trip to Italy with Torvald. She hopes that after Christmas she will have repaid the debt. Torvald, on the other hand, reprimands Nora about her spendthrift behavior and calls her “my little squirrel”. Nora exclaims, “Free. To be free. Free. To spend time playing with the children. To have a clean, beautiful house, the way Torvald likes it”. The context in act one portrays a woman’s sacrificial role in marriage and the dominance nature of men (Act1.534-616)
Torvald would be dressed in attire that has two colors made of an animal’s skin robed over the whole body and white trouser. The animal skin will be a symbolism of the chauvinistic character and the heartless nature of Torvald. Torvald when she reprimands Nora by her utterance, “Nora, my Nora; that is just like a woman” and his adamant heart of firing Krogstad. On the other hand, Nora’s sacrificial role for her marriage could augur well with a mixture of shiny, dull colored costume that contains clinging chains around the lower lining of the dress. (Act1.534-616)
The shining part could cover the right side of the body and slit diagonally from the waist up to the left shoulder. This demonstrates the high-ended character of Nora to look magnificent by buying glamorous nature and spending character. The lower end of the diagonal could be composed of white and black colors. The black color would indicate the secrets of Nora and the sad nature created by Torvald gender insensitivity on women. The blending of white color demonstrates the ironical character in Nora’s heart that depicts her heartfelt and sympathetic nature as depicted when she succeeds to convince Torvald to give Mrs.Linde a job as well as borrowing money to assists Torvald’s recovery trip when they were languishing in poverty. The clinging chains on the lower lining would demonstrate the non-progressive nature of Nora and other women due to the male chauvinism in their husbands or partners.
The main goal of concentrating on custom design on the main character is because it is an abstractive character that extends invite to the audience and draws the attention to ponder and anticipate the plot of the play that mostly relies on the preceding events by the main characters. In the Play “Doll house”, Henrik Ibsen did not concentrate much on the major play characters’ attire, which is the first impression of the driving theme of the play.