The Alexandrian period in ancient Greece.
It is a historical era where Greek polis lived an economic boom, which provided a great cultural development. Thus, cultural events abruptly developed into their heyday. It was in this period where the great revelations of classical art emerged: architecture, sculpture, literature and philosophy.
Greek thought in classical times, underwent a radical change. It went from an idea of rigidity that applies to everything that relates to the life and cultural events, a new ideology of the movement. This was presented in harmony: the sculptures began to have more relaxed attitudes, ceramics and sculptures became more organic forms, typical dishes guards emerged, imitating the ways of the sea, and women are perfectly imitated with new types. His garments, fabrics and draping showed renewed resources.
Greek civilization of the classical period had a remarkable Mesopotamian and Egyptian influence. In the clothing, can be seen essential characteristics obtained from Crete. The inability to spread to remote territories due to the waves of invasion or hostile civilizations, led the Greeks to specialize in the production in their region. They were devoted to the manufacture of textiles, using techniques from Egypt and Mesopotamia, and over time came to form a true textile industry.
This favored the economy, resulting in trade with other civilizations.
Thanks known Greek historian Herótodo (484-425 BC) which civilization developed sophisticated techniques to generate various textiles with which they made their costumes resolved issues. Mainly used woolens, linen, pure cotton and leather. First, they used woolens, later appeared flax, and finally were pure silk, and linen and silk blends. Linen and cotton were pure, steamy, thin and light fabrics, pleats and folds allowed generate typical resources of Greek clothing.
Other materials used to make their garments were the gold wires that were thin enough to be worked with embroidery needles. This brought them add value to their costumes and gave them status; it was mostly used by those who were in power.
With regard to color, we can say that classical garments were mostly white or clear. It was the Greek painter Polignoto (475- 447 BC) who incorporated dyes bright colors and subtle floral prints first to female costumes sculptures and paintings, which was then taken by the Greek women and adapted to their realities.
The purple was reserved for kings and emperors, because it was a symbol of greatness, power and opulence. The black was the color of mourning for men. Note that the classical sculptures known in white for having been years in the weather, which affected their status and wore his color. For this reason, many historians inferred that the suits were white; however the use of natural dyes contributing color to them is known.
The main feature of the clothing of the classical period was the use of drapes, which were acquiring further refinement over time. These naturally fell on the body and adapted to body morphology, so that the body can not differentiate fabric, corresponding to artistic ideal of the moment: the movement. In the social imaginary, is the misconception simplicity in Greek costumes, but these were made of detailed and refined form, and required a lot of work.
The most widely used resource in all these types, were the folds and drapes. Are dipping the clothes obtained in a bath of starch, and then bending them generating pursed carefully before placing them in the sun to dry. You could say that were the forerunners of modern pleats.
Presence of Greek influence in fashion design Contemporary Classical Greek culture had a great influence on the history of fashion contemporary. There is a long list of designers iconic recognized atWorld, who have taken the Greek clothing as inspiration for develop their design processes. These are based on the choice of a basic concept initial, which should be investigated and analyzed to decide which are the issues that are most interesting to then dump into a collection.
This just thus, the modular lengths that garments are made are resolved, what and how typologies are constructed patterns, resources and details, pallets colors, shapes enclosing and access to them and textiles and materials used.