In this section we are referring to clothing worn by college students
and alumni that represents the fraternity or sorority that they have
joined during their time at school. We are not referring to
clothing stores in Greece or clothes worn in ancient Greece.
Fraternity Clothing Stores
Sorority Clothing Stores
Although this section is not about retailers selling historical
clothes from Greece, some types of apparel from ancient times are
clearly relevant to fraternities and sororities. For example,
togas are important for toga parties at college.
The toga, a distinctive garment of Ancient Rome, was
a cloth of perhaps 20 ft (6 m) in length which was wrapped around the
body and was generally worn over a tunic. In several countries,
the tradition of the toga party has become popular in recent decades,
generally at colleges and universities, as illustrated in and possibly
inspired by the film Animal House. This practice trades on the
exaggerated legend of Roman debauchery, and participants dress in togas
that are usually makeshift garments fashioned from bed sheets. As such,
these togas often bear little resemblance to the Ancient Roman garment,
being flimsier and scantier.
Clothing in ancient Greece primarily consisted of the chiton,
peplos, himation, and chlamys. Ancient Greek
men and women typically wore two pieces of clothing draped about the
body: an undergarment (chiton or peplos) and a cloak (himation or
chlamys). Clothes were customarily homemade out of various lengths
of rectangular linen or wool fabric with little cutting or sewing, and
secured with ornamental clasps or pins, and a belt, or girdle (zone).
Pieces were generally interchangeable between men and women.
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