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Shover, Edna Mann / Art in costume design: practical suggestions for those interested in art, sewing, history and literature
(1920)

Chapter V: Roman,   pp. [59]-71 PDF (3.5 MB)


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ART IN COSTUME DESIGN 
apartments in the center of the dwelling where all of them, matrons 
and maids, congregated, did their spinning, embroidery or like 
work, entertained their friends, and enjoyed the companionship of 
the men of the family; and in turn were consulted on all matters 
relating to the home. The wife was the ruler of both the male and 
female servants, and was her husband's counselor. In fact, she was 
not her lord's subject, but was his companion. Shakespeare shows 
the relation between husband and wife in Julius Caesar: 
     "Portia kneels when she desires Brutus to tell her what 
               troubles his mind, 
      Brutus says 'Kneel not my gentle Portia, 
      You are my true and honorable wife, 
      As dear to me as the ruddy drops 
      That visit my sad heart."' 
          And again: 
     "0 Ye Gods! Render me worthy of this noble wife." 
     No expense was spared in purchasing the apparel for the Roman 
women as the men enjoyed seeing the women beautifully gowned and 
to further this idea the men would, on every possible occasion, 
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