Ancient Egyptian Clothing
Telamon (sculpted support in the form of a man) representing Antinous, Hadrian's lover, as a pharaoh. Antinous died while in Egypt with Hadrian and was much mourned by the emperor, who had him immortalized in numerous statues. Statue from Hadrian's Villa.
Kalasiris, New Kingdom (1571 -1087 B.C) Women wore kalasiris, which may be worn to cover one or both shoulders or be worn with shoulder straps. While the top could reach anywhere from below the breast up to the neck, the bottom hem touched the calves or even the ankles. This photo shows some ways the kalasiris could be used to wrap around the human figure to achieve different styles. Kalasiris were short sleeved or sleeveless. Women often wore a belt, which held together folds of cloth.
World's oldest garment
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology , London, the Tarkhan Dress is believed to date to the First Dynasty (3100-2890 BC) and to have been worn by an Egyptian teenager. According to the museum's description, it was found inside out, after being pulled off over the head, and still had perspiration staining and creasing around the armpits and elbows. Although it looks like a shirt today, it would originally have included a skirt (since destroyed) with a decorative pattern
Egyptian Beadnet Dress (Detail)
Egyptian, Dynasty 4, Reign of Khufu, 2551 - 2528 BCE, faience and gold. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of a garment with the lozenge pattern. This pattern is frequently used when depicting women's clothing in Egyptian art. Although the string had deteriorated, many of the beads were found in their original pattern. It is unclear whether the beadnet dress was sewn into the clothing or worn as a separate net over the linen. Currently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
UCL – University College London
This bead dress (UC17743) was excavated by Guy Brunton at Qau in 1923-24. In 1994 and 1995 two conservators, Alexandra Seth-Smith and Alison Lister, re-constructed the dress. The dress may have been worn for dancing in Dynasty 5 (c. 2400 BC). Each of the 127 shells around the fringe are plugged with a small stone so that it would have emitted a rattling sound when the wearer moved. When it was being conserved, it was thought to fit a girl of about 12 and to be worn naked.