Outside of Europe

To appreciate clothing from a culture we must look into that culture for understanding. Europe often documented the others (cultures outside Europe) as primitive, barbaric and at times with racist overtones; a bit harsh considering how much luxury goods were being imported from these primitive cultures.

Some of the images below date all the way to the 19th century; this is important to keep in mind since not all cultures underwent the European transformation of costume. A lot of Islamic and Asiatic countries retain the simplicity we see during medieval times: each culture creates an image according to their likeness.

Curious things to notice: how Europeans are portrayed in these images, the non-representation of the face on religious figures in Islamic cultures, Birdseye perspective which was popular in medieval times, Egyptian/Byzantine hierarchical compositions where figures are bigger than others according to their role in Society.








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