Haute Couture in the Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu 2551–2528 B.C.


This beautiful beadnet dress was last worn over 4500 years ago.  The dress was discovered in a tomb in Giza, Egypt in 1927.  The strings had almost entirely rotted away, but the beads were well preserved, and enough of the pattern had survived for the dress to be reconstructed with new string.  This is the oldest known beadnet dress example.

It’s on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the Egypt: Old Kingdom Funerary Arts Gallery (Gallery 105B)

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