The ideas for costumes come from the foundation of ceremonial dresses from several centuries ago, although with some minor changes. Since the dates from which certain dresses came from are unknown, clothing from several different time periods may be used at one time during the same play. Clothing is usually bold in color and design, is made of silk and is very carefully embroidered. Even though they look very pretty, they are not over the top.
Noh integrates masks, costumes, and various props in a dance-based performance. Emotions are primarily conveyed by stylized conventional gestures while the iconic masks represent the roles such as ghosts, women, children, and old people.
In Roman theater, different costumes meant that person's role in the play. A purple costume identified a rich man Boys wore striped togas Soldiers wore short cloaks Red costumes indicated a poor man A yellow robe meant the character was a woman Short tunics indicated a slave A yellow tassel meant the character was a god