Greek Clothing Reference
Evanthe & Thanos
- The palla falls somewhere between an over-garment and
a chiton. It is fixed at the shoulders, leaving the arms
bare, and is not attached at the sides but held at the waist
with a belt and fastened at the hips. Evanthe is wearing
a variant of the palla called pallulae, which stops at the
waist. both are distinctly feminine.
Thanos - wearing the Chlamys, the standard garment of the
of Athens. This was made from a rectangle of material, but
falls in triangular points. The Chlamys could be worn in
a variety of ways. Thanos has it fixed on the chest, almost
at the throat, and thrown back over the shoulders. He also
has a hat from Thessaly at the back of his neck, indicating
that he is a traveler. He is a messenger, carrying a
caduceus (I'm assuming that's the funny thing in his hand)
and wearing leggings rather than shoes.
Clothing Details of a Noblewoman
Greek Coiffure (Hairstyle)
The hair could be curled on the forehead and at the sides
or parted in
the centre and drawn back in waves to a chignon at the nape.
chignon refers to a manner of twisting the hair into a knot
the nape or nearer the crown of the head.
Greek women also wore a fillet round the brow and tucked
the back hair
into this. Hair was fasted by ivory or gold pins *PIC to
women wore wigs or false hair added to their own to alter
the shape of
the coiffure; they also dyed their hair and decorated it
jewels, stephanes (?), and bands of material.
Adelphos - More primitive cultures tended to wear caps instead
of hats; caps were easier to make and fit. A round, fitting
cap was worn, in different forms, by all the ancient civilizations.
The Greek pilos (shown here) was typical and almost identical
was the Roman (and Etruscan) pileus, both usually made of
Kalika - fifth century BC
Voleta - Straw hat, petasos style
Dymas - felt petasos slung round neck by a cord
Evander - fifth century BC
Laria - Chignon covered in colored scarf, fourth century
BC (from The Encyclopedia of world Costume, Doreen Yarwood).
Alcander - At a feast, relaxing
The Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes, Albert Racinet
(1825-1893) © 1988 Bestseller Publications Ltd.
My notes: Thanos, Evanthe descriptions are modified from
this book, pgs. 22-25. I know some of his pictures are not
quite accurate, namely the colors, and he lets his prejudices
cloud his work - or so the introduction (by Aileen Riberio)
Historic Costume in Pictures, Braun & Schneider ©
1975 Dover Publications, Inc.
My notes: Wonderful illustrations. I'm afraid I might not
be able to do them justice. :-P The pictures in here were
originally issued periodically between 1861 and 1890 in
The Encyclopedia of World Costume, Doreen Yarwood, ©1978
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My notes: Great information, great pictures. Unless stated
otherwise, all quotes in the Greek section come from this