Lord Byron (1788-1824) in Albanian dress: A Sartorial Response to the Ottoman Empire

Jennifer M. Scarce

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    Europeans of many kinds-diplomats, soldiers, merchants, romantic adventurers, and artists-traveled in increasing numbers to the Ottoman Empire from the sixteenth century onward. Frequently, they adopted local dress for many reasons: courtesy to their host country, security in traveling to remote regions, curiosity. Among the garments that have survived is the complete Albanian dress which George Gordon, Lord Byron, purchased in Epirus in 1809. This article explores the dress as worn by Byron, its context in the richly varied tradition of Ottoman regional dress, and its use a symbol of national identity after the recognition of an independent Greek state in 1832.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)158-177
    Number of pages20
    JournalArs Orientalis
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Archaeology


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