Friday, January 31, 2020


The continually evolving influence of ancient Greco-Roman dress through the ages. Over the past two-and-a-half millennia, the classical mode has unfolded and persisted, finding expression in a variety of artworks and through them, in fashion. Through diverse permutations and transformations, ancient dress has survived and resonated as an ideal. Fashions inspired by the classical ideal can be elegant, romantic or provocative—reminders of Venus, goddess of love, of Diana, goddess of the hunt, or of the martial ancient tribe of women called Amazons. Most are in pale tones of white or beige, or a sparkling gold. From designers such as Paul Poiret and Mariano Fortuny; the emblematic draped creations of Madame Grès; the deconstructed peplos-style gown of Yves Saint Laurent; and the most recent contributions of Gianni Versace, Romeo Gigli, Alexander McQueen, and Tom Ford of Gucci, until the Chanel resort S/S2018 and at the latest haute-couture collection S/S2020 by Christian Dior designed by Mariagrazia Chiuri. Each has made unique imaginative contributions that carry the immortal ideal originating from the goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to the present and enliven it for the future.

Mariano Fortuny Delphos dress, 1920

Lelong 1935

Madeleine Vionnet F/W1937-38

Madame Gres 1963
Versace, 1995

Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 1997 by Alexander McQueen

Zuhair Murad S/S 2013 Haute Couture Collection
 Marchesa S/S 2013Collection
Schiaparelli F/W2015

Vionnet S/S 2015

Valentino S/S 2016 

Chanel-Grecia Desfilé Resort F/W2017-18

Dolce & Gabbana Haute Couture F/W 2019-20

Christian Dior Haute Couture S/S2020

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