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Vintage Dress, Size 2, Lightly Worn, 5500 Years Old

Great styles are timeless.


Ever dig through a stack of unremarkable vintage items in search for a rare find?
Archeologists at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London were sorting through a pile of antique linens sent for conservation from the Petrie Museum and uncovered the world’s oldest woven garment, the “Tarkhan Dress.”

Radiocarbon dated by Oxford University at between 5,100 and 5,500 years old, the v-neck dress is tailored from three pieces of hand-woven linen, in a pale gray stripe, with narrow pleats in the body and sleeves.  

Everything Old is New Again


Perfect for millennials, 3000 B.C, or fashion week 2016. The dress would be considered appropriate for today's fashionistas.
The dress shows signs of wear, creases in the elbows and elsewhere.  Hopefully the garment was enjoyed, consumer complaints have an odd way of living in perpetuity, the good is oft interred in their tombs, see "A Customer Complaint, 4000 Years Old, Lives On."
“There’s Vintage, and then there’s Vintage.”
See the World's Oldest Dress - National Geographic 
After spending five millennia in an Egyptian tomb, the dress was sent to the Petrie by archaeologists in the early 1900s. But it was entwined in a bundle of filthy rags and overlooked. 
UCL Petrie Museum's Tarkhan Dress: world's oldest woven garment
 (c) David J. Katz, New York City, circa 2016

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