Figurines of the goddesses of Ancient Crete show special dresses that are strikingly saturated with eroticism. For many centuries, researchers have been trying to find out or at least try to understand the symbols encoded therein. The costume of the Cretan women is very special, thanks to the unusual and even unique form, which at once attracted attention. It has a very special place in Western fashion history as it was so different from everything else seen before!
In many ritual scenes women were depicted with priestly attributes. Of course, this important position, which was given to them, also influenced the formation of the aesthetic ideal. It also allows us to explain the peculiarities of the Cretan women's clothing, which did not exist before.
The bodice and bell type skirts were the most characteristic elements of the Cretan women's costume. It was complemented by accessories that, in terms of placement and use, varied to a minimum throughout, during the existence of this culture. The hypothesis about the first corsets in fashion history, perhaps is one of the most intriguing parts of this ancient story.
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My name is Edīte Parute and I am a fashion historian and researcher from Latvia, association member at "The Association of Dress Historians" (UK) and author of the book "Stila un modes enciklopēdija"/"Encyclopedia of Style and Fashion" (2010) as well as author of many publications.