From the Justinian era, Empress Theodora and Retinue, 547, displays drapery. The clothing is not represented as worn. Wrinkles and creases create vertical or diagonal patterns. There are no tension lines as the interior definition does not evidence bodily movement or the mass of bone and muscle beneath the robes.

Theodora (third from left, with crown) wears a purple robe (the color of royalty). Triangular shapes repeat on her left simulating the fall of a large sleeve, but where is the arm? Where is her arm attached to her shoulder? From her wrist, the fabric moves vertically downward. Where are her waist, hips, knees etc.? No matter whether a person is wearing a down-filled coat, oversized T-shirt, or baggy pants, basic body parts can still be located, especially shoulder line, elbow, hips, and knees. Members of Theodora's retinue wear clothing that is either flat with minimal to no hills and valleys or covered with vertical lines, more reminiscent of clothing on a hanger than on a body. In this mosaic, the artist represented clothing as shapes, patterns, lines, and as compositional elements of design - as drapery.