« Fashion Capital | Main | Fashionable Fisticuffs »

That's SO 5,000 Years Ago

Archaeologists in Iran have uncovered evidence of a sophisticated fashion industry dating back approximately five milllennia.  Not only have they excavated an apparent textile factory, but also dresses, jewelry, makeup, and clay stamps with family insignia apparently used to mark personal items.  (Proto-monograms, anyone?)  The scientists further suggest that the state-of-the-art textiles, used to create draped garments similar to saris, allowed both men and women "to wear trend-setting, colorful, designed pieces, which may have influenced the clothing styles of other regions." 

While a contemporary Zoroastrian text includes a a word for "artisan" that meant "he or she who makes good weaving," neither the word for "knock-off artist" nor the ancient H&M have yet been discovered.