This site concentrates on female dress, but for Egyptian fancy dress
purposes I have included these few extra male styles from the book that I researched.
As well as noting that most Egyptian costumes were worn by both men and women,
may have noticed on a previous page the simple robe pattern for the
God Osiris, and also the
garment a scribe like Ani would have worn.
Model Y) is of a cloak of the sixth century B.C. The fabric is simply
arranged as shown on the model Y to the right.
Do remember that men wore a version of the petticoat wrap and tied skirt
as shown here.
Briefer male 'active' costumes include W and X below. I think these Egyptian costumes
very much reflect our concept of an Egyptian man, of young and powerful
Warrior King model W of 1200 B.C. below, wears an interesting cross-over
garment that sheathes the upper body. On the pattern left you can see a
fold. The fold in the pattern is where the shoulder line of the sleeve
forms, and which should be stitched at the underarm.
Leather or quilted linen would probably have been the ancient Egyptian material of
On the lower body half, the warrior W also wears a simple wrap fabric
skirt tucked into the waistline at the centre front. A short
length of fabric would be all you need for this part of the costume. Wear it in the manner of a bath wrap after exiting a bath.
The figure Y also wears one of the decorative belts to which long
appendages were attached. You can see appendage designs on the
Egyptian Collar page.
The pattern for the waist belt is shown in the lower part of the grid
image above. For fancy dress this can be easily decorated with rows of
purchased braid. I think Model Y has a real Egyptian look to it.
Egyptian model X of 1300 B.C. wears a stiff midriff corselet made of leather or
quilted linen. You can just see the fastenings at the side midriff area.
Finally, whichever idea you intend to base your Egyptian costume, remember to be
flexible and adaptable in your drapery. Egyptians of ancient Egypt were
just like us - all different shapes and sizes. The imagery that exists
for us today is based on tomb drawings and carvings almost always of the
most perfect examples of the era. No doubt there were far more
body shapes then just as now.
Capture the essence of Egypt by adhering to typical ancient Egyptian
colours. Add a great collar and fantastical head dress; lather on a
bottle of fake tan to get a golden glow and and you'll walk away with first prize!
This page contains some costume plates sourced from the book Ancient
Egyptian, Assyrian and Persian Costumes & Decorations by Mary G. Houston
and Florence S. Hornblower. The book was published by A & C. Black of
London in 1920. F. S. Hornblower coloured both the figures and
Decorative Ornament plates where colour was needed.
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