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

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

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the ends. It is not known whether the toga derived its form on the 
body from the mere spontaneous throw of the whole garment, or 
after the folds having been arranged or draped, were fastened in 
some permanent way. No fastenings of any sort are visible, but 
their existence may be inferred from the great formality and little 
variation displayed in its division and folds. A bag or loop of folds was
made to hang over the drapery in front, and the folds were loose 
enough and ample enough in the back to admit of their being drawn 
over the head in bad weather, and also to cover the head during reli- 
gious ceremonies as was the custom of the time. Great rivalry existed 
among the Romans as to the arrangement of their togas. The most 
skillful were not at all modest about their accomplishments. The 
Roman people, as a rule, were rather aggressive in all things, ever 
eager to impress their associates with their importance. This self- 
reliance was, no doubt, partly due to the wonderful success they had 
in conquering the nations about them, thus giving them great confi- 
dence in their own ability. (Illustration 15-No. 91.) 
    No doubt you have often noticed in the plays of Shakespeare, 
how the Romans step aside from their comrades in order to display 
the beauty of the toga as they swing it about the body with the 
right hand and throw it over the left shoulder. They desired to be 
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