Ancient Egyptian Costume History

Ancient Egyptian Costume History
Clothing in the Land of the Pharaohs

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This section looks at the Egyptian costume history.  General trends in robes and other basic styles are examined.  The costume history includes basic pattern guidelines and draping of costume instructions, to make costumes from the Land of the Pharaohs.  Use the costumes for re-enactment, fancy dress, carnivals, pageants and dramas. 

Greek and Roman Costume is linked further below.

If after seeing the Tutankhamun exhibition in London, America or Egypt, you are inspired to organise a themed King Tut party, then these pages will guide you through some typical styles of robing, collars and colours and used in Ancient Egypt.  The colouring in sheets are suitable for school use.

Egyptian Costume Plates Part 1 - Egyptian Tunics with Braces

Land of the Pharaohs Egyptian Costume Plates with authentic historical pattern diagrams. Costume instructions for wrapping fabrics for Egyptian based theatricals, plays, biblical stories and fancy dress. Suitable for men and women.

Egyptian Costume Plates
Part 2 - Egyptian Robes

Basic easy shape robes for both men and women. Wrapped and draped styles from simple rectangle shapes. Ideal for religious/biblical stories and fancy dress.

Egyptian Costume Plates - Part 3 - Egyptian Skirts, Capes, Shawls

More pattern guidelines for Egyptian styles of costumes.  Skirt, cape and shawl draped sari styles, perfect for those who wish to dress as Cleopatra for re-enactment or fancy dress.

The secret is in the draping of the fabric.

Egyptian Costume Plates - Part 4 - Warrior Costume

For men who want to wear a macho warrior king style of Egyptian clothing.  Warrior corselet and wrap over top pattern.

Egyptian Ornament & Egyptian Part 5 - Costume Neck Collars

Egyptian Ornament Plates. Patterns for fancy dress ideas and theatrical Egyptian Neck Collars.

How to make Egyptian style collars using crafts skills.

Egyptian Cosmetics Eye make Up Part 6

Egyptian cosmetics and eye make Up

New discoveries in make up. typical Egyptian eye make up found in King Tutankhamen's tomb.

Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra eyes.

Ancient Egyptians on Colouring-in Sheets

Here are some free Egyptian themed costume history colouring-in pictures for your personal use.King Tut

Also background information on King Tut, Nefertiti, Osiris, Isis and Horus.

Colouring-in pages are ideal for School Visits to Exhibitions and help educate and occupy pupils during waiting periods.

Early Assyrian Clothing

King Assur-nasir-palEarly Assyrian costumes of men and King Assur-nasir-pal.  Colours of early clothing. How to make old Assyrian costumes using simple guide patterns with measurements of draped shawls.  Ideal for Biblical stories.

The secret is in the draping of the fabric.

Early ClothingEarly Clothing

Early clothing made by humans from the Old Stone Age to the early Romans. Use of skins with bone needles, sewing, spinning with a distaff/spindle.


Greek Costume - The Chiton

Greek Costume - The ChitonBasic garments such as a Greek chiton.  Typical Greek patterns, hairstyles of Greek women.

 Line drawings of ancient Greece robes.

Added October 2008

Greek Costume For Women

Greek Costume For Women - HairHeadresses and hairstyles of Greek women. Many early clothing line drawings of Greek women in ancient Grecian robes.

Added October 2008

Greek Battle Dress & Men

Images of typical ancient costumes worn by Greek men.  Greek Battle Dress & Men

Grecian soldiers, captains and their battle war dress uniforms with scroll patterns. This page includes clear Greek helmet pictures with horse tail mane.  Image of Greek shields.   Added October 2008

Roman British Costume Togas

Roman British Costume Toga DetailsSimple outline diagrams for Roman toga garments.

Romanised British costume styles to 500AD.

Added October 2008 



Roman Battle Dress & Men

Images of typical ancient costumes worn by Roman men.  Roman Battle Dress & Men

Roman soldiers and their battle war dress uniforms with patterns. This page includes clear Roman pictures of war dress and the costume of dignitaries. Roman chariot driver.

Added October 2008

John Jones Wearable Art
Egyptian Akhnaton Coat

Added April 2008

Roman Hair Styles, Headdresses and Clothes for Roman Women.

Roman dress styles for ladies and empresses. The stola, Roman hair styles and ladies headdresses.



Saxon, Frankish & Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Illustrations of simple clothing of the Sixth century to 1066.

Added October 2008

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