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Early, Unstructured Garments

The Roman Toga The man’s Toga was an adaptation of the Greek Himation; it had the same general dimensions (the man’s height by three times the man’s height). The differences were in the shape and in the way it was draped. Where the Himation was a long rectangle with four corners, the Toga altered that shape by cutting two of the corners into curves. The method of draping the Toga was more elaborate than that of the Himation. Using a hidden belt around the waist, parts of the toga were tucked in to create gathered areas as well as some convex and concave areas.

Although it is possible to drape the Toga on a dress form, it is preferable to drape it directly on an actual human being. Having arms affects the drape of the garment. 1. Begin draping the Toga as you would the Himation, with one end hanging from the shoulder (first shoulder) to the ankle in front. Tie a cord or cloth tape sash around the waist over the fabric hanging in front. For use on stage this section of fabric can be stitched permanently to the sash.


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Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian  

Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian  

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