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Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby RecycledViking on Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:09 am

Salvete Romani!
I need help! I have to cook up a quick 'n' easy Romano-Gaulish dress in two weeks. I'm doing a performance as Rosmerta (long story). It's not for re-enactment/living history so it doesn't have to be properly authentic, but I have no idea what cut, style, or even the general look of women's clothing in Roman Gaul was. Basically, I don't want to wear a bed sheet :) but I can't go all-out either.
Can you direct me to any sites or describe a simple, basic dress pattern?
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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby Billy on Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:55 am

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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby Andrea L Redden on Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:09 pm

As I understand it the best work on ROMAN (don't know anything about Romano-Gaulish) clothing is still The Clothing of the Ancient Romans by Lillian M. Wilson, 1938, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore.

If you're after Romanish then there's these patterns by Norma Goldman.
'Fraid I don't have that much on this subject.

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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby RecycledViking on Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:14 pm

Thank you Billy, but the clothing - whilst accurate I'm sure - looks far too hot for outdoors in New Jersey in mid-August. I appreciate it though.
Andrea, the Roman stuff looks great (and comfortable). Thanks very much.
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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby brendan on Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:58 am

I remember seeing a documentary on a Roman dress find from somewhere in England.
If I remember right all you needed was green silk thread wrapped in gold thread. Couple of thousand hours weaving; a little sewing and heh presto

...The other comments were too helpful!

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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby Nerva on Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:45 pm

Here's a pretty good reference:

http://www.larp.com/legioxx/civcloth.html

and

http://www.roman-empire.net/society/soc-dress.html

Particularily this http://www.roman-empire.net/society/soc ... stola.html

Pretty simple and accurate. You could of course go like this http://www.roman-empire.net/society/soc ... rabea.html, but that might be a tad over done :lol:
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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby carraig on Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:14 pm

[url]You could of course go like this http://www.roman-empire.net/society/soc ... rabea.html, but that might be a tad over done[/url]

It also would be a tad in-decent for a woman to wear a toga, mind you. While for men it was a symbol of splendour and citizenship, for women it was a symbol of prostitutes (and the street-strolling type, not the courtesans) and even there are some stories of women of a whorish attitude but otherwise aristocrats, who were forced to wear a toga as a punishment.

As to specific clothes of Romano-Gaulish women - the link Billy posted here is quite good. Of course that kind of clothes was quite quickly replaced by more typical Roman clothes, as shown in the pictures Andrea pasted here.
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Re: Romano-Gaulish Woman's Clothing

Postby Nerva on Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:55 pm

The truth is we have very little information on what Romano-Gaul clothing was like. Certainly the standard dress for a class conscious woman would have consisted of a Tunica, a Stola and a Palla or Mantle for outdoor wear. It's not really until mid 2nd century that we begin to see depictions of Romano-Celts, both in Spain and Gaul, but the dress of the Plebeians is anybodies guess. While Romano-Gaul’s may have worn traditional Roman garments, materials and patterns/colours may have been quite different featuring more traditional checkerd and striped patterns as was the case in Britannia.

Remember, the dress was simple, not overstated see here: http://www.roman.org.uk/index2.htm and http://www.roman.org.uk/index2.htm and http://www.roman.org.uk/index2.htm this dress is historically correct for 1st Century Britannia, these are the ladies of Legio VIII MGV in Britannia.

Billy's images are very interesting, but would be lower status dress, but it's all down to what social class, and in particular what period you want to dress for.
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