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Ancient Greek Fashion
By: Nina & Vanessa


Introduction:


The ancient Greeks had different fashion styles then what we have today. The Greek fashion was similar in a way to the Mesopotamian fashion, and the Egyptian fashion however, was also very different. Mesopotamian Fashion, Egyptian Fashion. The Greeks were very high fashioned and it includes clothing, jewellery, shoes, cosmetics/body and others. During the ancient times, they did not have the fashion and fashion designers like we do now. There clothing and shoes where simple, and so was there jewellery and makeup. Greek Fashion is rather simple to us, but for the Greeks back then, it was very high fashion. Ancient Greeks didn't have the technology and house hold belongings as we do, however they still managed to do the stuff we did, however in different many different ways.



Clothing:


In Greece, people had many different styles of fashion, like what we have today. Since peasants didn’t have a lot of money they had there own style of fashion. When they went off to work they would wear very little clothing because it would be very hot. Most normal families in Greece made there own clothing. The clothes were in a rectangular shape because it was the easiest shape to produce on a loom. They were mostly made of wool/linen, and they were woven into light weight material. Rich people could afford to buy coloured clothing, but others didn’t have enough money so they would dye there wool with natural items such as plants. In ancient times coloured cloth was very fashionable, but cost a lot of money. In the summer it would be very hot so the Greeks wore light, comfortable clothing to stay cool. In Greek there were two styles of chitons. A chiton was a loose knee-length woollen tunic worn by woman and men in ancient Greece, which looked like a jacket or a robe. The two styles of chiton were Doric and Ionic. Doric was made with a single cloth and Ionic was made with two cloths. Woman and men wore long chitons, and younger children, both girls and boys would wear short chitons. A tunic was similar to a chiton, it would be decorated at the hemline representing its’ city or state with designs. Men's tunics were normally knee length for young men and ankle length for older men.



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This is how ancient Greeks dressed




Jewellery/Accessories:

The Greeks had a lot of jewellery, made from gold, silver, and precious stones (mostly for woman). Both the men and woman wore jewellery, but it was not likely to for poor people to wear jewellery because they were very expensive back then and they still are today. Rich people could afford to but elegant earrings which was made of gold. Since it was very fashionable to have pale skin, fortunate people showed their skin off by wearing bold coloured bracelets, but peasants and servants didn't have pale skin because they would always be working in the hot sun. Rich woman also had headbands which were made of gold. The Greeks would also wear lots of brooches. A brooch is a decorative piece of jewellery that is to be attached to a garment. The ancient Greek women would attach their brooches to their chiton for everyday use to make them look fancier and it was something all women did. Over many years, the styles changed during the Archaic Period woman wore their hair long, in a headband. During the Classical Period, hair was worn up with all sorts of ribbons, nets or scarves. In the Hellenistic Period woman had curls that which were in fashion, and the hair was usually worn up.

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These are some examples of what the ancient Greeks would wear as jewellery



Shoes:

A lot of the Greeks would wear leather shoes or sandals. During the summer season, the Greeks would either where leather sandals, with or without straps, or they would go around barefoot. They would mainly wear barefoot because it got very hot in the summer and there was no need to wear shoes. During the winter seasons they would wear leather boots. The women would wear ankle boots because that was the style and men would wear heavy boots with laces.

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These are just some of the types of shoes Greeks wore.



Cosmetics/Body:

Greek women would always wear some sort of cosmetics. Women would either have to make these cosmetics, or buy them. They always wanted pail skin, with dark eyebrows and firefly red lips. Woman used chalk to whiten their face and they use juice or powder to redden their lips. They also had lots of face creams to keep their skin smooth and healthy looking. To darken their eyebrows, they would simply apply dark power on their eyebrows which gave them a nice dark brow. Women would also emphasize their eyes which would make them even more bold especially having the darkening line of the eyebrow. The mirrors that the Greeks had were highly polished gold. Our mirrors are made of glass however they did not have glass mirrors so they would polish up a piece of gold, and use that. Greek women would bath a lot to keep from smelling in the hot sun, or warming up in the winter, unless you were a maid. However, the rich women would bath everyday and they would rub themselves in perfume oils which left a divine smell. So, when they went out somewhere, their smell would reach everyone, so they would turn around, and then the ladies can show themselves off, which is indeed what they wanted.

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-woman with makeup


Hair:

During the ancient Greek times, the style was long hair. Spartan warriors were famous for long curls and women had to let their hair grow long. If women cut her long beautiful hair, there would be shame on her because it was shameful to cut your hair. Rich women folded their hair around headbands. They would also buy wigs because they were very fashionable. When doing their hair, both men and women always loved to brush their hair and look in a mirror. During the Archaic Period men would let both their hair and beard grow long and the woman would also let their hair grow long too. When the Classical Period came the men’s hair became shorter and same with the beards. In the same Period woman wore their hair up with nets, scarves and ribbons. After that Period, then came the Hellenistic Period, where it was fashionable for men to be clean and shaven, and for the woman it was fashionable to have curls. The curls would usually be worn up.


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-different hair styles


Extra:

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-this is a map of Ancient Greece from 362 B.C.





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