Fashion & Costume
Costume has developed for thousands of years, the most obvious line of division is the male and female dress. The Greeks and the Romans wore tunics which are similar to skirts. In this period the garments would have a draped detail whether it is masculine or feminine. The fashion history on ancient Greece has been inspired by the Greek vases, pots and statues. The Greek and Romans would use fabrics like silk and linen.
Ancient Egypt is a very hot climate, the costumes were always white because white reflects the sun which is cooler to wear. The ancient Egyptian women with higher class wear wigs they could be made out of human hair or animal hair. They wore wigs because they had to protect there heads from the sun, they were also feminine for the upper class women and had unique styles such as beading and braiding that still goes on to this present day. Egyptian garments were a good quality for thousands of years the Egyptians woven cotton. Animal skins were worn by the priest and pharaohs. Manufacturing the garments was mostly the women’s job and mainly done at home, the workshops were run by the men. The important textile was linen which produced from flax.
Haute couture is a French phrase for high fashion. Couture means hand-made dress making sewing and needle work. Haute means elegant and high. There are famous couture designers in France and are a huge success to this day such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Gucci. Depending on the couture design house and the garment the couture item would start from £10,000. A Chanel couture suit in 2002 would have £20,000 by 2004 an evening dress would cost £50,000 or more. The reason why these garments are sky high is because of the name, originality of the unusual design and the finest quality in fabrics.
Fashion reflects on peoples personality every human being has a different style. There are many