- Once upon a time women were as vain as always and as in need of beautiful fashion as ever since. Haute couture or pret-a-porter was not invented yet so they had to look gorgeous using the basics. That’s when they invented peplos. A “peplos” is a body-length garment established as typical attire of women in ancient Greece by 500 BC It was a long, tubular cloth with the top edge folded down about halfway, so that what was the top of the tube was now draped below the waist, and the bottom of the tube was at the ankle. The garment was then gathered about the waist and the folded top edge pinned over the shoulders. The folded-down top of the tube provided the appearance of a second piece of clothing. (The Caryatid statues show atypical drapery.)The peplos was draped and open on one side of the body
The peplos played a role in the Athenian festival of the Great Panathenaea. Nine months before the festival, at the arts and crafts festival titled Chalkeia, a special peplos would begin to be woven by young women. This peplos was placed on the statue of Athena during the festival procession. The peplos had myths and stories woven into its material and usually consisted of purple and saffron yellow cloth.
In modern Greece “peplos” is the word used to describe a bride’s head piece with a long or short, ethereal piece of cloth. Our Peplos has also a story to tell. This time is a story of ending the summer days bathed in the ever changing light of the summer sunsets. The story of happy times.