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Fashion trends are not just a modern construction. In ancient Egypt, looking fashionable was an important part of everyday life, especially for the elite members of society. One of the high class fashions was the bead-net dress. Although historians were aware of artistic depictions of females wearing bead-net dresses, it wasn’t until the 1920s that real examples were actually discovered.
article on bead net dresses
originally posted by: JustMike
a reply to: Byrd
Absolutely fascinating. Thank you so, so much for presenting this. One of my dreams is to visit Egypt (only 3 hrs or so from me by commercial jet) and visit some of its wonderful, historic sites, including some that are less well-known.
I would love to learn more about their makeup. I know they considered it as something beyond adornment, but for me, as very much a non-expert, it has been a difficult item to research. I'd love to have a better understanding of the mentality behind what clothes and makeup they wore. Even after years of study, I know so little.
For example,iof a woman wore a beaded dress, did she wear it on specific days, like the equinoxes or solstices? And what makeup did she wear? Did she change her "standard" makeup?
They obviously knew of these days/dates. So besides being funereal wear, were these beaded garments ceremonial in "normal" life?
Obviously they were heavy and not very practical; we know that for millennia, Egyptian women preferred knee-length (or longer) garments. But I feel that their society had a certain conservatism, which is however difficult to quantify.