WHAT WE WORE

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The in­spi­ra­tion for both male and fe­male dress was the Clas­si­cal, Greek and Ro­man, pe­riod. White was a com­mon colour for women’s dresses – im­i­tat­ing the cling­ing draperies of an­tique mar­ble stat­ues – made from muslin, lawn or cot­ton, de­pend­ing on fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances. Waist­lines were high and sleeves short and full, worn with de­tach­able long sleeves if nec­es­sary. Men’s dress was also rel­a­tively plain with light-coloured breeches or pan­taloons, again to em­u­late the nu­dity of Clas­si­cal stat­ues, worn with coats, high shirt col­lars and cra­vats. Hair was curled and tou­sled, as was men’s, in im­i­ta­tion of Ro­man hair­styles. The short sleeves are gath­ered in the style of Clas­si­cal drap­ery, em­bel­lished with a brooch on the shoul­der.

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