Good Day All:
In Veleda of Isenfir's _Fashion as the Center of the World_ Moongate
Designs, 1986, the author refers to a secondary resource describing
the following 10th century Byzantine outfit:
"Another new fashion was introduced in the tenth century. It
appears on an allagorical figure in a textile; the basic costume
design shows up later in Russia, however, so it is likely it was
worn, and is not just an artistic invention. The basic garmet is a
full-skirted tunica with long, tight sleeves. This is elaborately
decorated with jeweled bands at the writs, on the forearm below the
elbow, and on the mid-upper arm. An embroidered band ran down the
center front of the dress and merged with a similar band about the
hem. Over the tunica was a shor supertunic, sleeveless and open at
the arm-holes to the waist. The necklies is round with a center
slit, fasteded at the throuat with a broach or fibula. The super-
tunic has a wide jeweled band at the hem and is clasped at the waist
with an elaborte belt. The palla is a gauze, scarf-like garment
with a wide border, won over one shoulder to flutter behind."
She attributes this outfit to Houston, Mary G. _Ancient Greek,
Roman, and Byzantine Costume. A.C. Black, Ltd. London, 1931. p 183.
I borrowed the Houston book through Interlibrary loan several years
ago and recall finding a reference to a texitle hung in a church.
No additional details on the textile were given and no illustration
of it were provided.
Have any of you worked with Houston's book? How accurate do you find
it? I've LOVE the outfit as described and illustrated in _Fashion
at the Center of the World_, but have shyed away from making this
set of garb in mass since I cannot seem to substantiate it via
Have any of you come across a similar outfit in your Russian
I'd like to make SEVERAL sets of this outfit as my standard casual
Byzantine garb and will probably do it regardless of my lack of
primary resources, but it would be NICE ABSOLUTELY verify it.