Well, historic clothes are not costumes.
Make a toga or himation is not simple.
For exemple, decorations or purple strips ("clavii") were not sewn,but tissues in the fabric (a sort of wool twill or serge).
The happy guys in pictures are not wearing toga or himation,but only sheets
(and during parties Romans not wearing "Togas",but "Synthesis", a fine cloth Greek garnment, equivalent of our modern dinner jackets).
Sincerly i understand the problem.
When a guy time ago,ask a pattern for cut a old German uniform...well,that was a costume.
But why not talk sometime about history of clothes?
Is about where we came and where we go.
I don't think that none here want wear like a Victorian gentleman or a Greek philosopher,
but is an interesting matter,no?
For the rest i don't think that men suits from 1925 to present day are strictly speaking "costumes".
In 1986, a 1961 suit,with narrow lapels and slim trousers could be considered "a costume";
now is trendy,is in fashion.
Waiting for the silver jumpsuit,maybe the clean 1926 double breasted ,
or the 1935 drape or the bold look 40s-80s,could be the last trend...so what is costume?
Edited by carpu65, 02 April 2011 - 10:07 AM.