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Grecian Ladies Head Dress

Ancient Greek Costume History
Grecian Ladies Head Dress

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Ancient Greek Costume History
Grecian Ladies Head Dress


Fancy Dress - Greek Costume Ideas for Drama, Carnival Floats & Olympic Events

Read more factual details of Greek clothing on the Greek costume history page.Fashion History Image - Ancient Greece Costume - The overall look for both women and men is one of fabric drapery created by the chiton a garment which for most occasions reached the feet.

This page has images of typical draping arrangements of Grecian dress for women of ancient Greece.

The overall look for both Ancient Greek women and men is one of fabric drapery created by the chiton.  This is a garment which for most occasions reached the feet.  An image showing how to make a basic chiton is shown on the Greek costume page.

For drama productions, carnival floats, re-enactment or fancy dress purposes it is always essential to get the hair and feet as correct as practical.

Females of ancient Greece in the main did not wear footwear. The majority went barefoot, but some of the wealthier Greeks did wear light sandals.  Such simple sandals were made from one piece of leather with thonging attached so that the sandal could be drawn up around the sole of the foot.

Greek Hairstyles

Creating the correct hairstyle will make or break your Ancient Greek look.  These days with the availability of faux hair extensions, braids and plaits it should be quite easy to create a hairstyle which is Grecian and similar to any of these shown below.

Women frequently tied their hair back with filet mesh, so for re-enactment purposes, this is something you may be able to do using old diamond fishnet hosiery or purpose bought hair accessories.  These are fairly easy to obtain from stores such as Claire's Accessories, alternatively try ballet, equestrian and drama supply shops.  As usual, EBay is also a good source of a wide variety of hair accessories. 

Greek hairstyles for women and taken from Hope's Book of Antiquities.

Above and below are typical Greek hairstyles and headdresses for women, the line drawings are taken from Hope's Book of Antiquities.

For fancy dress, you could also invent some golden tiara type pieces by pasting golden doilies onto clear stiff clear acetate and shaping it into a form which fits your head.  You could also add dried or fresh bay leaves by sticking the leaves onto a former or band.  Another tip spray the band with a gold or copper paint.

Typical Greek hairstyles and headdresses for women and taken from Hope's Book of Antiquities.

Adult Female Grecian Dress

Grecian dress. Feminine Greek chiton costumes worn by women of ancient Greece.

Greek Gowns with Borders

Above - one of the easiest arrangements of dress for a Grecian female, observe how it is enhanced by the use of border print fabric. See the simple Greek chiton pattern here.

Fashions from ancient Greece.  Borders were used to create drapery interest when the border wrapped around the body.

The Ancient Greeks used borders to create drapery interest, the knack is to wrapped around the body in an interesting fashion.

Greek costumes for women - the fabric can be fairly diaphanous, or if you prefer select material which is totally opaque

From the image above its clear the fabric can be fairly diaphanous, or if you prefer select a material which is totally opaque.

Hope's Antiquities - Grecian costume/dress for women.

From all these images taken from Hope's Antiquities you can appreciate how your costume can expose as much upper body or as little as you wish.  You can cover up with an extra cloak or bare a shoulder, You may even find a one shouldered dress in the shops that can be a modesty basis for a costume to which you can add more layers of fabric.

Female costume and fashion of ancient Greece.


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Page added 20 October 2008 Ref: P701

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