Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on March 01, 1998 at 21:55:09:
In response to The zona, written by Marie Bernadette on February 28, 1998 at 19:09:38
] In my various studies of clothing of the Regency period I have found reference to a garment called a 'zona'. It did not squeeze the waist. It had narrow, wide spaced straps, was about as long as the ribcage and had a single lace in the front. It seemed designed to support the bosom, but without the extreme 'push-up' effect.
In classical antiquity, the "zonė" (final vowel pronounced) was a kind of belt or band that was fastened around the outside of clothing, sometimes a little below the breasts, sometimes further down towards the waist. There was also a Greek word "strophion", translated as "breastband", which denoted something that was worn under the clothing, but I don't know exactly what it was, or how usual it was to wear it.
So the Regency thing took its name from antiquity (in the Latin form of the word, I guess), but doesn't really appear to have been the same...
- Bathyzonos vs. Hypsizonos The Mysterious H.C. 18:11:01 3/03/98 (2)
- Striving for the "Grecian look" but not quite committing, eh? nfm Marie Bernadette 00:21:14 3/02/98 (0)
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