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by Archaeology Newsroom

Dress in later times and dress in our day and age

In the middle of the 19th century, haute couture and the fashion industry made their appearance. The tailors and women tailors of Frankish costume (Frangoraftes and Frangoraftisses) reproduced the fashions of the western world which eventually were to take the place of local Greek costumes. In this issue of the journal items of clothing are described such as the woollen, Sarakatsan gown which was embroidered with symbols, the Hawaian feather cape, the Greek shepherd’s cape made of goat’s wool, the Greek technique of spinning without weft as well as practices common to many countries and civilizations such as the Danish, Pharaonic Egypt, Southern Italy and Peru. The freedom and sense of anxiety that goes with the fashions of the 1990s onward is discussed, also the couturier Yannis Tseklenis’ belief in the social values that lie behind the dress code.