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Greek and Roman Influences on Modern Fashion
Transcript of Greek and Roman Influences on Modern Fashion
The Fabrics They Used
Greek and Roman Influence in Cosmetics
Greeks thought pale skin a sign of prestige and beauty
Would paint their face with white lead
Consisted of part-representations of plants, animals, and dieties.
Around 300 B.C. Greeks began experimentation with amethyst, pearls, and emeralds.
Most of their jewelry was made from gold.
Used brooches to secure clothing which are still worn today.
Began very simple but to keep up with other countries became more elaborate and intricate.
Greek and Roman Accessories
Greek and Roman Jewellry by Reynold Higgins
Deep crimson or bright scarlet came from a female insect from the Mediterranean. A cheap color of red was made from Madder, a European herb.
Cheap colors of yellow were made from Weld, a European plant. Yellow clothes were worn mostly by women.
An expensive dye used from the bright red stigmas of the saffron crocus found in the Mediterranean.
: Made from Tyrian purple in Tyre in Lebanon. The dye was extracted from a trumpet shaped marine snail from Eastern Mediterranean. After extraction it was mixed with urine and sea water. One gram of pure purple dye was worth 10 to 20 times its weight in gold. Purple was the color of royalty.
Made from a cheap dye of Woad, a European herb of the mustard family grown for the use of the leaves. The leaves when crushed and mixed with manure created blue.
Considered an expensive dye, and was made from indigo plants. It was also imported from India, so this upend the cost as well.
The dye was cheaply made from Lychen. This was found growing on tree trunks or the ground.
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People in ancient Rome wore a lot of the same style boots and sandals we do today
The Gladiator shoes that are popular today, were worn by women called caligaes.
Soleaes were mainly worn around the house but today you see them as the strappy sandals popular among girl teens.
Render. "roman clothing." Truly Rome apartments in Rome. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2013. <http://www.mariamilani.com/ancient_rome/roman_clothing.htm>.
The Influences on Today
There are many things that influence accessories today: The scarves, the belts, the shoes, the purses, the bags.
The drapery affect influences with the scarves.
The belts that we wear today that are wide. That is influenced by the Roman and Greek.
The Gladiator look and lots of straps on shoes was also influenced about by the Roman and Greek culture.
The purses and bags we have are influenced by Roman and Greek culture. We have the big handbags that we call "The Messenger."
It may surprise you to know that the ancient Greek and Roman societies wore underwear very similar to what we wear today.
-Made from linen or wool depending on the weather
-Women also wore something similar to a modern bikini to bathe in pools or exercise
-In order to keep warm, it was common to wear multiple tunics at once
spun from the fibers found just behind the bark of the flax plant
Olive oil was used as a beautifying skin cleanser
ancient Greek women defined and emphasized their eyes by staining them with black powders
They used charcoal, soot and ashes as eyeliner, brow filler and eyeshadow
Roses, anemones, mulberries, lotus flowers, marigolds, lavender and chamomile are just a few examples
Red vegetable dyes, such as beetroot, were especially common to give a flourishing, rose-pink hue to the lips and cheeks.
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"Beauty History: Cosmetics in Ancient Greece." Beautifulwithbrainscom RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.
Loincloths were worn by slaves, which would consitute as belts today.
A Palla was a scarf wore by women, which sometimes even went around their head.
Tunics are worn today, only updated into something like a one strap dress.
Women wore stolas that were long and touched their toes. Today we would consider it a robe.
Also, women layered a lot of their clothes like we do today.
Worn by women of higher classes
-Worn over tunic
-Silk (wealthy women)