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Greek costumes are the great idea to have a natural look on Halloween and Carnival! Explore the ancient mythology facts about greek cultural goddess costumes and dresses.

Ancient Greek clothing was typically homemade and the same piece of homespun fabric that was used as a type of garment, or blanket. From Greek vase paintings and sculptures, we can tell that the fabrics were intensely colored and usually decorated with intricate designs. Ancient Hellenic and Byzantine Greek clothing were light and loose, made from linen or wool. Greek goddess costumes are so elegant according to ancient greek mythology. Fabrics were arranged in supple folds and pleats, with excess fabric folded over the top and held with decorative pins, later replaced by brooches.Beautiful, Graceful and Powerful Greek goddesses existed in Ancient times such as Aphrodite, Athena, and Eos just to name a few. Many of these Greek Goddesses exhibited supernatural powers and stunning beauty. These supreme female beings were also worshiped as by many religions around the world.Now you too can re-live the spirit that these powerful beautiful women exhibited. Tap into your inner Goddess and fashion your being with what it was always meant to wear and look beautiful in — Greek Goddess Costumes!

Ancient greek clothing

Greek Clothing

History

The white pleated kilt or “foustanella” which reaches to the knees is based upon the “chiton,” a loosefitting draped tunic of Ancient Greece that was girdled at the waist. Pavlos Melas was a Hellenic Army general who fought for the freedom of Macedonia, the northernmost region in Greece, against the Ottoman Empire. The uniform worn by these Greek fighters became known as “Pavlos Melas” in honour of their general. The traditional Pavlos Melas uniform has gone through only a few minor modifications in its detail and length since its introduction. The Evzones, Greece’s Presidential Guard, have worn both the foustanella and the red fez or “fesi” since 1837 as part of their traditional customs.

Types of Clothing in Ancient Greek Culture

Himation

This clothing piece is also wore by ancient greek gods as a part of costume. A rectangle of wool with weighted corners, slung over the left shoulder, leaving the right arm free; or worn , by married women, with the corner over the head like a shawl. Dorian older men wore it as their only garment (as did the Athenians in their return to an earlier simplicity, in the third to second centuries, B.C.) A man wearing the himation alone was always adequately dressed. It served also as a blanket. The colors were natural wool colors: white, natural, browns, and black; or died scarlet, crimson or purple. The garment sometimes had woven patterns, selvages, and embroidery.

peplos

Ancient Greek Cultural Clothing or CostumesThe peplos was a large rectangle of heavy fabric, usually wool, folded over along the upper edge so that the over fold (apoptygma) would reach to the waist. It was placed around the body and fastened at the shoulders with a pin or brooch. There were armholes were on each side, and the open side of the garment was either left that way, or pinned or sewn to form a seam.

Peplum

The peplum constituted the outermost covering of the body. Among the Greeks it was worn in common by both sexes, but was chiefly reserved for occasions of ceremony or of public appearance, and as well in its texture as in its shape, seemed to answer to our shawl. When very long and ample, so as to admit of being wound twice round the body-first under the arms, and the second time, over the shoulders-it assumed the name of diplax. In rainy or cold-weather it was drawn over the head. At other times this peculiar mode of wearing it was expressive of humility or of grief, and was adopted by men and women when in mourning, or when performing sacred rites; on both which accounts it was thus worn by Agamemnon, when going to sacrifice his daughter.

Tunics, Togas, and Mantles:

Most people wore a tunic, tunica in Rome, and chiton in Greece. The tunic was the basic garment. It could also be an undergarment. Over it would go a mantle of some sort. This was the rectangular himation for the Greeks, and pallium or palla, for the Romans, draped over the left arm. Roman male citizens also wore a toga instead of the Greek himation. It was a large semicircle of cloth. A rectangular or semicircular cloak could also be worn pinned on the right shoulder or joined at the front of the body.

Greek gods & goddess costumes

Greek gods & goddess costumes

Chiton

The chiton was made of a much lighter material, normally linen. It was a very long and very wide rectangle of fabric sewn up at the sides, pinned or sewn at the shoulders, and usually girded around the waist. Often the chiton was wide enough to allow for sleeves that were fastened along the upper arms with pins or buttons. Both the peplos and chiton were floor-length garments that were usually long enough to be pulled over the belt, creating a pouch known as a kolpos. Under either garment, a woman might have worn a soft band, known as a strophion, around the mid-section of the body.

Greek clothing for men

Greek, Macedonian and Roman men favored toga-like garments while ancient Chinese and Persian men often wore trousers. Greek men wore two kinds of clothing: a cloak draped in various ways around the body with “varying degrees of modesty” (the himation ), and a cloak draped around one shoulder and pinned to the other (the chlamys ). Belts were sometimes worn and excess material was stuffed into a pouch.

Greek costumes or clothing for kids

Greek babies often wore nothing at all, but sometimes, as in this picture, they wore cloth diapers. If it was cold, of course, they would be more wrapped up. Children also often wore only cloth wrapped around their middles like shorts.

Greek clothing for women

Greek women wore one large piece of wool or linen, wrapped around them and pinned in various ways to make it stay. The ways of pinning it changed over time. One way was to fold the cloth in half, and put it so that the fold in the cloth came under your right armpit and down your right side. Then pull up on the front and the back of the cloth so they meet over your right shoulder and pin the front and the back together with a big safety pin. Then pull more of the front up over your left shoulder, and pin it to the back in the same way. Finally you will notice that your dress is still open all along your left side: tie a belt around your dress at the waist to keep your dress closed. These dresses always came down to their ankles.