The Byzantine Empire Strikes back!

 

It’s amazing to think that only some 200 years ago, many historians saw Byzantium and its thousand year history as nothing more than a slide into barbarism, decay and corruption. Looking forward to the 20th Century, historians of our time around the world rediscovered its glory, intrigue and rich history. As a historian or novice, writer or student it is great to think that Byzantine history, its culture and style has come full circle. Once again it is able to flourish through us examining the old and discovering the new through fads of today.

Who would have thought a fashion house such as Dolce & Gabbana would be inspired to turn back the clock and create a “painstakingly crafted and bejewelled” collection of high fashion clothing in honour of Byzantium’s empresses and princesses. Their inspirational cue came from Byzantine mosaics features in the cathedral of Monreale, in Sicily. For anyone who has a broad interest in Byzantine history, it is quite possibly the greatest compliment a long forgotten empire and its strong women rulers could ever receive.

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Crown and jewels (on the left) and the mosaic gold pattern dress (on the right) are without a doubt unmistakably Byzantine! Dolce& Gabbana Byzantine fall fashion collection 2013.

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Photo Credits: The header image is ‘Byzantine Empress’ Scarlett Johansson on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Australian September edition, 2013.