the amalia dress

If you're in town on New Year's Eve and are looking for something fun (and free) to do with the kids, come down to the Noon Year's Eve Family Festival at the Crocker Art Museum from 10:00 - 2:00. Giana and I will be part of the Global Village in the ballroom and we'll be showcasing Greek artifacts and the traditional Amalia dress.

"The Amalia dress is a Greek traditional folk costume created by Queen Amalia. When she arrived in Greece as a queen in 1837, she had an immediate impact on social life and fashion. She wore this dress on formal occasions and requested that her female court wear it as well. The costume includes a long dress – called foustani or kavadi – inspired by the Biedermeier style, a central European silhouette popular in Germany and the surrounding countries, with a bodice based on the model of the Greek traditional kavadi (a local long-sleeved dress). The dress was open to the front to reveal an embroidered chemise. The kontogouni or zipouni is the short, tight-fitting velvet jacket worn over the foustani. It was usually embroidered with intricate gold patterns. The ensemble ends with a final flourish – the red fez always adorned with a tassel of braided gold threads." (A Brief History of The Amalia Dress,

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