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  • GREEK FASHION Meerie Park
  • Ancient Greek – Clothes
    • The kind of clothing worn in ancient Greece was loose and flowing and hardly were the garments ever sewn together
    • The fabrics used were mainly linen or wool
    • Women also wore a veil with their clothing whenever they stepped out of the house
    • In fact, the ancient Greek fashion was quite modern in its outlook as far as men were concerned to the extent that male nudity was really not a big deal in ancient Greece
  • Ancient Greek – 3 types of clothes
    • Chiton
      • Was worn in the ancient Greece by men as well as women
      • This form was of clothing was of clothing was quite popular in ancient Greek fashion
      • The chiton could be worn with a himation or it could be worn without it as well
      • A belt was also worn with the chiton, which was called the zoster
      • The Doric chition consisted of two pieces of cloth, which were rectangular in shape, and was worn long
      • The Ionic chiton differed from the Doric chiton in terms of the overfold. The overfold was worn longer on the Doric chiton.
  • Ancient Greek – 3 types of clothes
    • Himation
      • When the himation was being worn in ancient Greece, it represented a form of outdoor wear
      • The himation is also an important garment of ancient Greek fashion
      • This was generally made from a rectangular piece of wool with the use of lighter fabrics, the himation was worn at any time of the day
      • The himation was loose and flowing, thus, it can be termed as a modern cloak—it was also used as a form of drapery to be worn over the chiton
      • The himation can be compared to the Roman toga, the only difference being that the himation has less volume in the fabric
      • When worn solo, the himation was known as the achiton.
  • Ancient Greek – 3 types of clothes
    • Peplos
      • Women often wore the peplos and these go back to the period before 500 BC—this can be described as a piece of woollen material and was styled as per the height of the wearer
      • The peplos consisted of a tubular shaped cloth—this was folded from the inside out
      • The top area of the tube usually gathered at the waist and the bottom area extended till the ankles
      • The cloth on the upper area was brought underneath the left arm—this was secured with the help of tapes or pins on the right shoulder
      • The top layer of the cloth, which draped the waist often gave the appearance of two pieces of cloth
      • There were certain types of patterns that were used for the peplos. Some of the common patterns included checks, flowers, waves or even stripes. When women wore the peplos, the arms were generally left bare. When the fabric hung at the front area, folds were generally formed and these were also fastened on the shoulders .
  • Ancient Greek – Chalmys
    • Chlamys
      • The chlamys was also flowing in its appearance and was mainly worn by the soldiers in ancient Greece.
      • The chlamys was used as a cloak and was pinned at the right shoulder
      • The chlamys was also worn with other forms of clothing
      • Generally, soldiers only used it as a form of a cover
      • This was worn pinned at the right arm
  • Ancient Greek – Colours
    • Colours also played a big role in ancient Greek women’s fashion
    • Different colours symbolized different things
    • For example, a dark veil was a sign of mourning—in the book The Iliad , Homer writes that Thetis wears an indigo veil and Homer writes, "The radiant queen of the sea-nymphs seized a veil, blue-black, no darker robe in all the ocean depths."
  • Ancient Greek – Colours
    • Commonly Used Colors
      • violet
      • green
      • grey
    • In 500 B.C.E., to 400 B.C.E., ancient Greek women wore many fashions
    • Their clothing became more elaborate and more detailed as the century passed
    • The colors became brighter, and new styles were developed
    • The changing of fashion for the Greek women relates to all societies
    • As time goes on, fashion everywhere changes, just as it did for ancient Greek women
  • Ancient Greek – Jewelry
    • Jewelry did form a significant part of ancient Greek fashion
    • was discovered with the findings of jewelry at the Greek sites which proves that women in ancient
    • Greece loved to wear all sorts of jewellery with their flowing garments—bracelets, earrings and necklaces
    • Even men were not left behind as far as ancient Greek fashion was concerned. It is known that men wore jewellery till the 4th century
  • Ancient Greek – Make-ups
    • Ancient Greek women also used make up—pale or light skin was considered a status symbol for women
    • Women used honey and olive oil to improve their skin
    • They often used substances as a substitute for cosmetics for enhancing their looks
    • Dark powder was dusted over the eyebrows and red powder was used over their lips
    • Women also loved to wear their hair long during this period.
  • Ancient Greek – Hair styles
    • Hairstyles in ancient Greece also changed over time
    • In the early days of Greece, men normally wore their hair short and grew beards
    • During the Hellenistic era, beards went out of style
    • Long hair was typical for Greek women; only slave women would wear their hair short
    • Women curled and braided their hair in early Greece
    • Later the style was to tie their hair back or put it up into a bun.