… dress like the Romans did!

History of Fashion is a survey course about the clothing of Western civilization from ancient cultures to the present day. Students learn how fashions over the centuries were influenced by cultural, industrial and political forces. History of Fashion is a core requirement for the Theater Costuming certificate and is an elective course for the Technical—Apparel Industry Oriented and the Custom Dressmaking/Small Business certificates.

This is the third week of the spring semester, and students are learning how the Estruscans, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians dressed during the time span from roughly 3,000 to 150 B.C. Some are surprised to learn that the styles of ancient times were created by simply wrapping large pieces of fabric around the body. That’s right, no sewing!

The students have the opportunity to learn the specific wrapping techniques of the different cultures during the “toga party” held at this point each semester. Here are some examples of what this semester’s students were able to create:

Student Kelly models the classic chiton (pronounced “ky-tuhn” with a cape-like chlamys (“klamiss”) over it.
Carla begins the process of wrapping and pinning a Hellenistic chiton on model Maria.
The Hellenistic chiton is complete but could use some accessories maybe.
Creating an Ionic chiton requires a lot of fabric and pins.
“Wait. How is this supposed to go again?” Professor Judy Jackson takes students through the process of wrapping a himatian (pronounced “him-A-tee-uhn”) step-by-step.
No wonder Roman women wore their hair up (in incredibly elaborate styles, by the way)!
When in doubt, refer to the text book.
“Hey, I look pretty good in this table cloth!”

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