“To our left is Hercules’ villa. Next stop, the Pecs and Flex gift shop, where you can buy the great hero’s new 30-minute workout scroll, “Buns of Bronze.” Hercules, 1997. Not much has changed, huh? Which do you think Hercules would be, Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt, or Taylor Loutner? The gods were the pops stars of ancient Greece – today’s star probably would like to think they are decedents of them. Beauty was just coming into style during the beginnings of ancient Greece. (Yes, beauty had to come into style, unlike today’s beauty-less styles–more about that later.) The Greeks captured this in the timeless capsules of the statues of the gods.

Hera, the goddess of marriage; Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty; these legends not only left tall tales of heroic women with love and beauty beyond compare, say for Helen of Troy, they also left the beauty of soft feminine dresses. Which we happen to see a lot in our fashion today, especially in wedding gowns.

Now it may be asked, what did the men wear in ancient times? Basically, like men today, they didn’t care too very much. A lot of the masculines went around with nothing on at all! In the many paintings and statues you will find that the men aren’t wearing more then a himation–more than a wash cloth, less than a kilt, (see Apollo statue below). Similar to what the women wore, the men also wore chitons. Only theirs were shorter in length. Women’s chitons were distinguished in the same manner as their architectural columns; ionic and doric, with a himations for a touch of flare.

Fashion then: