This usually refers to a style of dress, distinctive to a period, theme, class, performer theatre, dance ; actually it is an outfit worn as one will dress in general. It can include alot of things, some people dress in costume every day as their own morning ritual.
Theatrical costume; National costume; Holidays and Festivals; mascots; children, Everyone really does look forward to some form of dress ups, especially fancy dress party's. It gives a chance of letting lose and pretending of some other time or character, (acting.)
Costume will usually enhance or help communicate a story or dance/themed era of history or life, it will also help portrey a scene setting.
THE RUSSIAN BALLETS,
Was one of the most influential , significant companies to combine visual arts to the public in the 20th century. Reinvigorating the art of performing dance. It was groundbreaking in combining artistic collaboration among choreographers, composers artists and dancers. The company has had a reputation to invite the collaboration of rising contemporary fine artists in the designs of sets and costumes. some are "Bakst, Braque, Gontcharova, Larionov, Picasso, Chanel,Matisse, Derain, Miró, de Chirico, Dalí, Bilibin, Tchelitchev, Utrillo, Nicholas Roerich, and Rouault. Their designs contributed to the groundbreaking excitement of the company's productions. The scandal caused by the premiere performance in Paris of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring has been partly attributed to the provocative aesthetic of the costumes of the Ballets Russes."
Leon Bakst, one of the most important designers for the Ballet Russe, was born in Grodno on May 10, 1866. Aiding Diaghilev with the formation of Ballet Russe, Bakst assumed the role of artistic director. His sets and costumes brought him wide recognition. He is most noted for the sets and costumes for Scheherazade (1910), Firebird (1910), Le Spectre de la Rose (1911). He designed for Ballet Russe from 1909-1921.