This week the class has been learning about the Romans. The first thing that we looked at was clothing in the Roman era.
Check out the movie and trailer for a taste of fashion in Roman times
If you don’t have much time here’s the trailer.
Enjoy some terrific togas in this movie.
Ancient Rome: What Women Wore
Women in Rome usually wore a stola (a long elegant dress) after they were married.
Plebeians (poor people) wore clothes made from linen & wool where as Patricians (rich people) wore clothes made from silk & cotton.
The most fashionable colours that Roman women wore were blue,red,sea-green & saffron-yellow.
Blonde hair was the most popular hair colour for women. Women made their hair blonde by bleaching it or wearing well-made wigs.
Women applied white paste which could be dangerous as it contained lead .They also wore red rouge on their cheeks. Soot or crushed ants’ eggs were applied to their eyes & eyebrows.
In Ancient Rome ,earrings were a big fashion no no! Rings, necklaces & anklets were acceptable. Usually, women were only allowed to wear one piece of jewellery.
How to apply make-up: the Roman way!
Ever wondered how those Romans applied make-up to their faces? Check out the video below and find out! You will also learn a lot more about some of the other beauty regimes of the Romans. Most women thought having a suntan was unattractive and kept their face nice and pasty as you will see. Warning: do not try at home. Roman women were a little odd sometimes when it came to applying make-up!
The Roman Empire
Here is a 3 minute video to tell you a little about the Roman Empire. It tells us how the daily life of citizens in ancient Rome varied dramatically depending on their social class and level of wealth. For example, the citizens of the city Rome itself were primarily aristocratic, but there were also many slaves and beggars.