dressing the part?


Dumas pere, when Wagner called, felt he had to receive him wearing a plumed helmet, a military belt, and a Japanese silk gown. Dressing the part appeals to creators. Handel always composed in court dress.

The above paragraph is about Wagner's/creator's unusual sartorial tastes.
What does "dressing the part?" mean--especially what is "the part?"
Dressing that looks like characters in music or opera???
  • elroy

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    "Dressing the part" means "dressing in a way that matches/suits the part that one plays."