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The Dictionary of Fashion History

Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

Table of contents

  • Chiton


Dictionary entry

Page: 47

(F & M)

Period: ca. 480–323 BCE.

The ancient Greek garment formed from one piece of cloth wound round the body and held by a pin at the shoulder, or two pieces of cloth fastened along their top edges at the shoulders and down the arms. Both types could be held by a girdle below the breasts or round the waist.

The depiction of this garment has inspired later designers and makers; the chemise dress and Fortuny’s Delphos dress owe much to this style.