The clothing worn by humans is selected for many reasons. When one studies the dress of various historical periods one may focus on any or all of a variety of aspects. For some individuals, it is the item of costume itself that is important. How did it look? Of what materials was it constructed? How was it worn? For others the object itself is of lesser importance. Instead, the interest lies in it’s relationship to the world in which it was worn. What symbolic meaning did it have? What status did it confer? How does it reflect its times? Or, it may be the aesthetic aspects are foremost in the mind of a reader who may be viewing dress as an art form.