This outfit is the result of my second contest, which I held over Twitter. An ancient Greek outfit won out over a 1930s dress or a fairy outfit, so I started a Pinterest board and did some research into what they were like. Happily, in this day and age plenty of the relevant information is easily available for free!
- The Costume of the Ancients, by Thomas Hope. Entirely made of illustrations taken from vases and other sources.
- Ancient Greek Female Costume, by J. Moyr Smith. A nicely illustrated book about what Greek women wore.
- Greek Dress, by Ethel B. Abrahams. Another very detailed, illustrated book about ancient Greek clothes.
- The Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones. Information about patterns and designs, including one on Greek patterns.
I’d be happy to hear about other good sources of information — for all I know, something new has been found since these books were printed! I wanted to read these books thoroughly and do more research, but didn’t have time. So I will probably continue, albeit slowly, even though this outfit is all done.
The winner of the contest, chosen by a random drawing, was Karen Martin, and here’s what she requested:
I think for colors, I’d like white, blue, and gold, with maybe some purple thrown in?
She also got to choose from a list of patterns, and she chose the wave, scroll and heart patterns you see on the outfit. So here it is! Karen, I hope you like it.
Let’s start a new contest! Part 1 is a poll, which will close next Thursday. Once I know what I’ll do next, I’ll do my research and draw a sketch, then hold the contest on the 21st. Here are your options…
Come back next week for a dress based on a key scene from one of the coolest games I’ve played in a long time! As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterestfor updates, sneak previews and lovely Art Nouveau pendant pictures. If you enjoy my work, I’d also appreciate your support through Patreon.