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beadnet dress

A decorative sheath dress made of beads worn in ancient Egypt.

bloomers

Bloomers are a bifurcated garment that were worn under dresses in the 19th century. They soon became a symbol of women’s rights because early activist Amelia Bloomer wore drawers long enough to stick out from under her dress.

bustle

A pad or frame worn under a skirt puffing it out behind.

chiton

An ancient Greek garment created from a single piece of cloth wrapped around the body and held together by pins at the shoulders.

chlamys

A chlamys is a rectangular cloak fastened at the neck or shoulder that wraps around the body like a cape.

codpiece

Originally created as the join between the two hoses at the groin, the codpiece eventually became an ornate piece of male dress in the 16th century.

dagging

An extremely popular decorative edging technique created by cutting that reached its height during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

dalmatic tunic

A t-shaped tunic with very wide sleeves. Worn by both men and women during the Byzantine empire.

exomis

A short, asymmetrical wrap garment pinned at the left shoulder, worn by men in Ancient Greece.

fibula

The fibula, which was popular in Greek culture, served as a pin to both hold garments together and to show status of those with prestige or power within society.

fichu

A triangular shawl, usually worn by women, draped over the shoulders and crossed or fastened in the front.

fontange

A linen cap with layers of lace and ribbon, worn flat and pinned to the back of the head.

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