half nude, the Greek Late Classical Aphrodite
of Melos wears dress. The clothing is totally believable in
its creases, folds, direction of tension lines, and how it falls with its own
weight. The Greeks exclusively wore wool, so this garment falls heavily in
broad sections. It is barely held up by the hips, but the “waistband” is
tighter around the hips with a corresponding multiplication of denser lines
which wrap around the body in diagonal lines. As the material loosens, it
falls diagonally across the pelvic area and inner thigh. Her left kneecap
comes forward resulting in the fabric being taunt and smooth over that knee.
We say that dress displays a logical genesis in the body and its movements;
the body first moves and the fabric follows.