Clothing and Fashion in Ancient Rome

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 23 July 2023

In this video, we explore the fascinating world of clothing in ancient Rome. From the basic tunica to the formal toga, we'll take a look at what people wore and how they used clothing to indicate social status and occupation. We'll also delve into the materials used, including wool, linen, cotton, and silk, and how they were produced both in the home and commercially throughout Italy and much of the Roman Empire.

Clothing in ancient Rome was primarily made of wool, which was produced both in the home and commercially throughout Italy and much of the Roman Empire. Sometimes clothes were made from rare materials such as linen from Egypt, cotton from India, and silk from China. Men generally wore white or off-white colored clothing, while women wore white clothing until they were married and then wore clothing in a variety of colors. The basic garment for both genders and all classes was the tunica (tunic), which was a short-sleeved, close-fitting garment made from wool or linen. On formal occasions, adult male citizens could wear a woolen toga, draped over their tunic, and married citizen women wore a woolen mantle, known as a palla, over a stola, a simple, long-sleeved, voluminous garment that modestly hung to cover the feet. Clothing was also used to indicate social status and occupation, with senators and magistrates wearing distinctive garments. Wealthy women wore a wide variety of jewelry including earrings, necklaces, tiaras, and bracelets, while men usually only wore rings.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:50 Clothing in Ancient Rome
2:05 Roman Men's Clothing
4:31 Roman Women’s Clothing
5:20 Hairstyles and Accessories
6:43 Manufacture & Laundering
8:54 Outro

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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