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History of Fashion in Ancient Africa and Beyond

Fashion Costume Beauty in Ancient Times is an exhibition of almost four hundred works, for the most part coming from the rich collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, which took place in 2004.

The tour of the museum began with a small section about the Pharaohs' Egypt, with jewels, decoration tools and a series of important bas-reliefs and stone sculptures depicting hairstyles and clothing. The next section hosts some findings of archaic and Hellenistic age coming from Cyprus and never publicly displayed before.

The section dedicated to Greece began with the ancient Greek statue of the Kouros Milani, with its elaborate braided hair falling on the back, according to the fashion of the aristocratic elite of the age, and some samples of Greek clothing from Centuries VI to V bC.

The first documents related to Etruria are male and female funerary outfits of the Century VII bC of Casale Marittimo, which still hosts the arrangement of jewels for cloth decoration and various instruments for the weaving of clothes (spindles, forks, looms). The second group of Etruscan items concerns the next period, where Eastern influences are more and more visible, both in clothes and in hairstyles. Along with the clothes is displayed a series of gold works for the decoration of clothes (buckles, belts, plates) and for personal decorations (hair brooches, braid clips, earrings, necklaces armillae) and a section dedicated to cosmetics.

The third part concerns the evolution of fashion from Century V bC to Hellenism. A series of earrings, rings and Hellenistic necklaces complete the Etruscan section and begin the Roman one with a series of busts and female heads' portraits in marble and bronze with money and cameos, important documents depicting the evolution of the women's hairstyles in the Imperial families.

The last section is the Coptic and Roman Egypt (Century IV to VI) with the exhibition of clothes for children (robes and bonnets), along with a never-before-seen wooden sarcophagus decorated with the picture of the deceased, dressed with a Roman robe, painted at the bottom of the Sarcophagus. The sarcophagus will be decorated with prized polychrome Coptic clothes in linen and wool.

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Africa Fashion ... for traveling, attending gala events, meetings, or looking good for any occasion, has been a number one topic in Africa Travel Magazine and its powerful website. We use Webtrends to monitor our site, plus the power of Google and Yahoo to see how we stack up against other media. You will be surprised. Below is a link to my first article on the subject of hats. I have a passion for hats, as you will learn.