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The Dictionary of Fashion History

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


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  • Dalmatic

Dalmatic

Dictionary entry

Page: 63

(M)

Period: ca. 300 CE onwards.

A long, T-shaped, tunic-like garment with wide sleeves and a slit at either side of the skirt. Possibly derived from the classical tunic, it was worn as an ecclesiastical vestment and by rulers on solemn occasions such as coronations.