The Academy at Athens had existed for 9 centuries since the days of Plato. Slip into this bold off-the-shoulder velvet dress that features a fierce lace-up front. Greek Timeline Original boundaries have changed in the past years so that famous Greek cities such as the incredible remains of the city of Ephesus are now part of Turkey. Perfect for any occasion!
The gap between B and the side fold will drape when in fabric and become the second armhole. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own, then here where you can hire a ready made Greek dress. Men wore a short knee length Greek chiton mostly for everyday clothing, although there were times when they wore it long as did the Charioteer of Delphi in BC.
Men frequently pinned their chiton on the left shoulder leaving a bare right shoulder. Or, they wore it in much the same two shoulder pinned manner as the woman show right. Cloth was so valuable it was not cut in earlier eras, but in later times the chiton was constructed from two pieces of cloth. The earlier Greek Doric Chiton above was made of wool and simply folded around the body. In time they evolved into the Ionic chiton, which was made of linen and even silk. The Ionic chiton was made from linen or silk.
The advantage of using linen to make the Ionic chiton was that it was much more flexible, the result was that it hung in fine pleats of diaphanous crepon.
Delicate muslin was also used. With better materials came more sophistication, and more scope for the Greek fashion elite of the day, for example to create sleeves. As a result, Ionic chitons used more material and were fitted with fibulae on the shoulders.
The Ionic Chiton attracted more accessories from the Greek fashion forward of those days, in particular they added brooches to confer wealth and status. From a costume history concept of fashion repeating itself, the fine pleated look of the Ionic chiton was revived by the Edwardian fashion designer Fortuny who created Delphos tea gowns. Women adored Fortuny gowns because not only were they very relaxed and comfortable, but also showed off their feminine attributes.
Colours for Ancient Greek clothing were not just white or natural as was first thought. While paint had worn away from statue evidence, further investigation showed the women of ancient Greece wearing several colours such as yellow, red, purple, blue or green.
The different arrangements of fabric created a variety of styles like these two shown above. Rustic dress was a more relaxed shorter version like these Grecian folk shown left.
The loose, relaxed, short Greek chiton was better suited to working in the fields and tendering to the livestock. The Ancient Greek cloak was a simple rectangle or square of cloth thrown around the shoulders and fastened mostly with a bronze pin.
The name for this particular short cloak mostly worn as a short military cloak by young men or horsemen was a Greek chlamys. In colder weather the larger cloak was worn, this was called a Greek Himation. The female cloak is called a Greek peplos and was worn over their chiton. Initially Greeks used wool and linen fabrics, but as the society became more sophisticated they traded for silk goods and it was not so much fashion styles that set individuals apart as the differentiation by the luxury that silk fabrics offered.
Over the centuries hair dressing was important to create various complex updo hairstyles. Women used gold, silver hair pins, cone headdress and tiaras. Young girls used fresh flowers and ribbons. Only boys and women had long hair and men cut their hair once they became youths. Plaiting, crimping and waving of female hair as well as decoration with pins, tiaras and bands is well illustrated in Greek imagery and is shown left.
Popular styles involved tying the hair up with a fabric scarf, adding ribbons or garlands when a young woman or wearing a 'Stephanie' metal head dress. When making costumes for fancy dress parties always remember the golden rule of getting the hair and feet as near as the style worn to match a costume.
Ancient Greeks mostly went barefoot although some wealthy people did wear sandals. Courtesans wore gilded sandals. Greek warriors of battle wore tunics of leather with metal plaque reinforcements.
Helmets and leg protection called greaves added more skin coverage. Read and see more battle dress, helmets and shields on the Greek battle dress web page. The metal battle dress itself was valuable since it had to be crafted by skilled metalworkers. The higher the rank the better the dress armour and shield was crafted, and possibly, the more protective it became.
Some of the decorative metal elements paid homage to favourite Gods the Greeks thought would take care of them in battle and in the after life. One characteristic of the Greek helmet was that it almost totally enclosed the head and sometime had moveable sides, but no visor enabling the soldier to push back the face cover when at ease. Horsehair crests made the helmet an impressive sight.
Several are shown here. Greek light infantrymen wore double felt or leather tunics and leather greaves. Floor-length trumpet gown with thigh-high slit. Beautiful, flowing off the shoulder dress from designer Rachel Zoe. Plunging Lace Party Dress. Fabric strap with button at upper back neck.
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