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The Dancer - Historical Typing Series

Penny Raisor

The next type on our historical overview is Dancer. This style is unique in the series in that, even though it does have a clear beginning in the dancers who performed for royalty during the Renaissance, it is a style that has continued to evolve over time due to the continuation of the art. Another difference is that the whole spectrum from the most simple to the most detailed “Dancer” looks can be historically accurate (as opposed to the simpler variations being modern inventions as seen with the previous types). Wrap sweaters, the casual use of tulle, ballet influenced footwear, and leggings are some examples of the looks we’ve gained from this archetype. On each board, I’ve included both formal and casual examples to show how flexible and wearable each style can be, but “The Dancer” has one of the widest varieties due to both the practice wear and performance wear of dancers influencing mainstream fashion. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Dancer

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.

The Lady - Historical Typing Series

Penny Raisor


The next type on our historical overview is The Lady. This style comes from the late medieval through early Renaissance periods of Europe. Compared to The Deaconess, the finishes and qualities of the jewelry and fabrics are more polished and refined, but still detailed and ornate. This means you’ll see more velvet, more pearls, and more metallic brocade. The cuts still tend to modesty while the fit has become more body conscious. There’s traces of periods to come here as well, including prairie style as well as some more of the mod cuts seen on the previous board. On each board, I’ve included both formal and casual examples to show how flexible and wearable each style can be. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Lady

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.


The Deaconess - Historical Typing Series

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The Deaconess draws deeply from Byzantine influence. You’ll notice hand worked but somewhat elaborate jewelry, a deep and rich color palette, brocades and tapestry, and tile prints. These details can give a darkly bohemian vibe, or a more worldly sophisticated impression depending on the piece. On each board, I’ve included both formal and casual examples to show how flexible and wearable each style can be. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Deaconess

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.

The Maiden - Historical Typing Series

Penny Raisor

The Maiden is our next type, which is inspired by the period near the end of medieval times through the beginning of the renaissance, with some nods to the Vikings. Natural fabrics, hand worked leather, coin jewelry, lace-up details, bell sleeves, and “peasant” style tops and dresses are some of the hallmarks of this time. On each board, I’ve included both formal and casual examples to show how flexible and wearable each style can be. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Maiden

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.

The Pharaoh - Historical Typing Series

Penny Raisor

Next up is The Pharaoh. This style includes symmetrical geometric designs as borrowed by Art Deco, blouson tops, detailed pleating, embellished necklines, snakes and scarabs, celestial motifs, and lots of gold. This board has a lot in common with The Goddess, but takes it to the next level of detail and shine. On each board, I’ve included both formal and casual examples to show how flexible and wearable each style can be. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Pharaoh

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.

The Goddess - Historical Typing Series

Penny Raisor

Continuing the series on historical style influences is The Goddess. This style invokes draping as seen in ancient Greece and Rome, nature influenced gold jewelry, wrap sandals, and peekaboo sleeves reminiscent of ancient Greek chitons. Dresses made in this style are so flattering and sensual that they have been worn by actresses throughout the history of Hollywood when they need to look their best. On each board, I’ve included both formal and casual examples to show how flexible and wearable each style can be. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Goddess

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.

The Spirit - Historical Typing Series

Penny Raisor


I’ve created a series of boards that cover what I consider some of the most important fashion periods of all time. The “oldest” on my list is an otherworldly style that includes asymmetrical draping, long lines, and bold, handworked jewelry pieces. It’s current, while also being evocative of both the long past and far future. It’s the look that says wise and timeless - these cuts and details were seen in prehistoric times, again in Druids and Buddhist monks, then reimagined by Star Wars and Donna Karan. I’ve included both formal and casual examples of this look to show how flexible and wearable each style can be. See the board here (will open in new window):

The Spirit

All of my packages include Historical Style Typing, where I help you find and navigate the influences that help create your unique look. Some time periods will have ideal cuts for your body and style goals, and some will have details that are perfect for you. I’ll show you how I use those ancient, antique, or vintage styles as inspiration to create a look that is completely modern and YOU.

Most people are best served by a combination of influences. Book a consult to find yours.

Historical Influence on Fashion

Penny Raisor

When I was in college, I took a History of Film class. A friend warned me that by the time the class was over, it would change the way I look at movies forever. They were totally right - knowing that certain sets are a nod to a certain director, or that certain scenes are a reference to part of a classic film, greatly deepened my appreciation for the art of filmmaking.

Fashion is no different. Designers have drawn inspiration from each other throughout time, and so through time we’ve seen a cycle of certain cuts, color combinations, and design details that remain recognizable even as they evolve and modernize. Modern drop waist dresses recall flapper style, while a draped gown can evoke the look of ancient Greek robes. The clothing from each period of time reflects the attitudes and values of the time, which can teach us a lot about human nature, and ourselves.

I’ve created a series of boards that reflect styles that have become classics - styles that we see repeated and referenced periodically, or in some cases, regularly. I will create posts that explain my interpretation of each period separately, but for now, you can see the boards here and enjoy with me how rich and interesting the history of clothing is:

https://www.pinterest.com/penopoulosDOTcom/boards/