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Roman-era costuming question.

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Help, costuming gods and goddesses!

I'm looking for good links to information on clothing styles during the Roman Republic (I'm looking for clothing worn from about 100 BC to 1AD), and, if possible, links to reputable costumers. I don't just need info on the dress style of the Romans, but also the Celts, Gauls, and Egyptians.

And... most importantly, I need to know what mode of dress was used in Hispania at that time.

I'm googling like mad, and my head is spinning. I know there are a lot of period costume gurus here on the forum, and I'd truly appreciate all the help I can get with this.

Thanks, all! =D


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Jan. 19th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Don't know if it helps, but this design was inspired by the goddesses of ancient Rome and Greece:


By the way, you asked if I got an email previously and I didn't... just so you know. Hope all is well and dandy!
Jan. 19th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
it's a chiton variation!
men wore short ones (most often seen on statues of hermes) and women often layered them long over short or wore long ones alone. THey're traditionall made of a rectangle of cloth folded in half aroudn the body and pinned about 1/3 from each end of the top of the fabric to create the shoulders (and on women, they were often pinned all the way along the top edge with a space left for the head and neck, which created a sleeved look) and then they were belted with a long sash or ribbon in several style variations.
Jan. 19th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
See, I just couldn't make it easy on myself! ;) I had to go and make my own interpretation all difficult by using a multitude of different pieces to achieve that "simple" look (using more than a dozen pieces of fabric), but that's just the way inspiration goes sometimes :)
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
yeah. it's true. inspiration is wacky like that.

plus the traditional version can look pretty frump-tastic on the modern figure (i imagine it looked pretty frumpy back then too, but if everyone's frumpy then noone is, i guess)

your design is a.) not frumpy and b.)keeps you from having any of the many techincal difficulties involved in wearing a piece of fabric that's just pinned on.

i studied hisotrical clothing/costume for theatre, so we never do things the easy way. The actors like to act out of thier clothes if we do. ^_^
Jan. 19th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
my favorite place to start for all historical costume research is The Costumer's Manifesto They have an index of research websites organized by period (under "costume history") and a huge index of sources for reproduction costumes and construction supplies as well as special categories devoted to armor, undergarments, shoes and even ethnic dress.

Most of the clothing styles are based on simple squares of fabric, which have been wrapped around the body or made into t-shaped garments. One of themain differences is what material the garments were made of (Egyptian garments were often of linen or other lightweight things, while the Celts would have worn wool). The fabric something is made of can greatly effect the overall look and movement of the garment. The other big difference is the ornamentation of the garments, and the accessories worn. The egyptian favored lots of exotic jewelry, while the celts and gauls wore less jewelry and of a simpler nature.

They're very easy to make and the best way to see how to wear these things is to hit up your public library and check out the theatrical section. There are often some great books that contain easy patterns and tons of books on recreating historical clothing. One of the better books is "patterns for theatrical costumes". "20,000 years of fashion" is also a great resource. I think there are also several websites on how to wrap a toga and make a tunic, but i don't have any handy links for them.

hope that helps!! good luck.
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Seconding that website, don't have suggestions for others, though. Most of my historical costuming references only go as early as Victorian, though I do have some books with much earlier stuff.

Beth, if you don't find anything online, I can possibly scan from the books for you. Those haven't yet been packed, since they are upstairs.
Jan. 19th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
You should get in touch with these guys. They're in your neck of the woods and they're the largest group of historical (and media) costumers in the US. They also run the Costume College which friends of mine have attended -- it's somewhere in SoCal. If they can't help you, no one can.
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