Greco-Roman Royalty

This is an album of clothing I made for Their Excellencies Ioannes and Honig during their East Kingdom reign in 2017. They had a Greco-Roman themed reign so my husband and I were asked to assist with making or coordinating most of their outfits due to our experience with making this style of clothing for ourselves. Countess Honig had previously made Roman dresses for herself out of cotton saris and preferred the weight and drape of cotton or silk. Count Ioannes preferred the sturdiness of linen.

By this point I had already begun experimenting with converting cotton and silk saris into Greek chitons so I used saris and sari trim for almost all of their outfits, including their coordinated himations/pallas. I matched Count Ioannes’s linen tunics to Countess Honig’s cotton and silk sari colors and embellished the tunics with extra sari trim. I made two of their outfits out of rayon challis rather than saris, one of which was stenciled and one of which was machine embroidered. I used a hodge-podge of saris–some that I had previously acquired, some that Ioannes and Honig found prior to or during the reign, and some that I found online and at local sari shops. They ended up with a variety of Greco-Roman themed styles that, while not necessarily period-accurate in every case, produced the look they wanted.

I share these examples to give others some ideas for ways to create matching outfits for couples, and to show the variety of ways saris can be converted into Greco-Roman clothing. Although I am now moving away from sari use myself, I still feel that sari conversion is the quickest, easiest way for people to construct beautiful, period-looking Greco-Roman clothing with just a few straight-stitched lines on a sewing machine. No embroidery or stenciling is needed. I have even pinned new saris onto myself at events without any sewing. Cotton saris, in particular, are comfortable, breathable, and drape beautifully. I would highly recommend this method of Greco-Roman clothing creation to beginners.

Photo credits: Dayna Tarabar, Suzan Longo, Camille DesJardins, and Vlad Iliescu.

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