Clothing in history, showing (from top) Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Romans; Byzantines, Franks; and thirteenth through fifteenth century Europeans
A kanga, worn throughout the African Great Lakes region
Hindu lady wearing sari, one of the most ancient and popular pieces of clothing in the Indian subcontinent, painting by Raja Ravi Varma
A young woman wearing t-shirt and shorts at the warm summer in Åland
A baby wearing many items of winter clothing: headband, cap, fur-lined coat, scarf, and sweater
Jacket by Guy Laroche, from a woman's suit with a black skirt and blouse (1960)
University students in casual clothes in the U.S.
A woman wearing sports bra and boyshorts, conventionally women's sportswear, but now worn as casuals or athleisure by women in the West
Fashion shows often are the source of the latest trends in clothing fashions, photograph of a model in a modern gown reflecting the current fashion trend at an Haute couture fashion show
Garments factory in Bangladesh
Safety garb for women was designed to prevent occupational accidents among war workers, Los Angeles display (c. 1943)
Laundromat in Walden, New York, United States
Clothing salvage centre at the General Engineering Company (Canada) munitions factory during the Second World War
A Hindu North Indian wedding, the groom wearing a sherwani and pagri turban and the bride wearing a sari
Japanese PM Shinzō Abe and Ivanka Trump (right) wearing Western-style gender-differentiated business suits (2017)
Italian actors Gabriel Garko in a suit and Laura Torrisi in a gown, considered Red carpet fashion by designer dress code (2009)
A group of women and men gathered at sport event in Sweden (1938)
3rd Duke of Fife wearing a traditional Scottish kilt (1984)
Achkan sherwani and churidar (lower body) worn by Arvind Singh Mewar and his kin during a Hindu wedding in Rajasthan, India, are items traditionally worn by the elites of the Indian subcontinent
A Barong Tagalog made for a wedding ceremony
Alim Khan's bemedaled robe conveys a social message about his wealth, status, and power
The Buddha wearing kāṣāya robes, originating from ancient India, these robes were worn by fully ordained Buddhist monks and nuns
Clerical clothing worn by Catholic priests

Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel, and attire) are items worn on the body.

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Personal protective equipment

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents wearing Level B hazmat suits
Safety equipment and supervisor instructions at a construction site
A 1568 painting depicting beekeepers in protective clothing, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
Air-purifying respirator
N95 mask
A worker wearing a respirator, lab coat, and gloves while weighing carbon nanotubes
This is an incorrect use of personal protective equipment, because the gap between the glove and the lab coat exposes the wrist to hazardous materials.
A paintball player wearing appropriate eye protection against impact
Locker containing personal protective equipment
A complete PPE ensemble worn during high pressure cleaning work
Medical PPE gowns worn by medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic
Workers using personal protective equipment while painting poles. While basic head protection is present, no engineering fall protection systems appear to be in place.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection.


Sneakers are a type of footwear
A pair of long socks
Chalcolithic leather shoe; ca. 5000 BCE
An artist's impression of Ötzi's right shoe. Ötzi is a male mummy found in the Italian Alps in September 1991 in remarkably well-preserved condition.
Typical shoe component location and nomenclature.
Bowling shoes are a type of athletic shoe
A football boot based upon a common design used in 2018. Note the absence of a leather tongue, the relatively low rear upper around the heel, and the presence of a sock style fastener. This design helps to ensure maximum flexibility and range of movement. By limiting the potential impingement of the ankle joint by the boot upper, it allows the wearer's gait to be more natural.
A climbing shoe
Footwraps used by the Finnish Army until the 1990s
Toe socks.

Footwear refers to garments worn on the feet, which typically serves the purpose of protection against adversities of the environment such as wear from ground textures and temperature.


Assorted gloves (a museum collection)
Minoan youths boxing, Knossos fresco. One of the earliest documented uses of gloves.
Portrait of Mme. Paulin wearing gloves, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
A glove commemorating the visit of General Lafayette to the United States in 1824.
A disposable nitrile rubber glove
Dry scuba gloves
Racing drivers gloves
Three finger army shooting gloves.
Touchscreen gloves, fingertip type
Leather fingerless gloves
Motorcycle riding gloves, gray deerskin, some points reinforced
Lined black leather gloves with red leather fourchettes
Rick Mastracchio's damaged glove during STS-118
Saami mittens
Antivibration protective gloves.
Michael Jackson's glove

A glove is a garment covering the hand.


Object that can extend an individual's ability to modify features of the surrounding environment.

Display of agricultural tools
A modern toolbox
Prehistoric stone tools over 10,000 years old, found in Les Combarelles cave, France
Carpentry tools recovered from the wreck of a 16th-century sailing ship, the Mary Rose. From the top, a mallet, brace, plane, handle of a T-auger, handle of a gimlet, possible handle of a hammer, and rule.
Stone and metal knives
An upholstery regulator
Bicycle multi-tool
A Bonobo at the San Diego Zoo "fishing" for termites

Early tools, made of such materials as stone, bone, and wood, were used for preparation of food, hunting, manufacture of weapons, and working of materials to produce clothing and useful artifacts.


A collection of headgear
Portrait of a Lady wearing the Order of the Swan
A cheche, worn in the Sahara as protection against wind and sand
Woman in a niqab, popular in the Levant region.
Young Bedouin man wearing a North African version of the fez.
Moche ceramic vessel showing a warrior wearing headgear (Peru).
Piper wearing a Feather bonnet
Kuban cossacks in Caucasian papakhis
Napoléon Bonaparte in his familiar bicorne hat
Queen Mary I of England wearing a French hood
Full orthodontic headgear
Moche ceramic vessel depicting a man wearing a turban. Larco Museum, Peru
Hesquiat woman veiled in a shawl.
Tsimshian (Native American) Wooden Skull Headdress, late 19th century.
Bororo Indian men, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Headgear, headwear, or headdress is the name given to any element of clothing which is worn on one's head, including hats, helmets, turbans and many other types.


Woman and child dressed in traditional Maharashtrian sari.
Sari is worn in Bengal using the Aat Puroure draping style.
1928 illustration of different styles of sari, gagra choli & shalwar kameez worn by women in India.
Women dressed in nivi sari entertaining couple, Deccan, 1591 CE
Maharani Ourmilla Devi of Jubbal in modern style of Nivi sari, 1935.
A female hotel staff member wearing a sari as a uniform
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina in an Ivory gold Jamdani sari
Sari on display in Bangladesh, Jamdani is popular handloom in Bengal region.
Nepal women in sari during festival of Teej
Display of traditional saris with gota patti embroidery for festive occasions at clothing store.
Vaddanam or Kamarband is type of sari belt used to keep complex drapes in place.
Aishwarya Rai in a sari at the London premiere of her film Raavan.
Banarasi sari
Tant sari for daily wear in Bangladesh
Sambalpuri sari
Jamdani sari of Bangladesh.
Silk sari from India (1970, Collection of PFF, Nauplio).
Bomkai Silk sari of Odisha.
Kota sari.
Bandhani saris of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Mysore silk sari with golden zari.
Lakshmi depicted in ancient variation of sari, 1st century BCE
Women in choli (blouse) and antariya {{circa|320 CE}}, Gupta Empire
Kalpasutra manuscript {{circa|1375 CE}}
Green Tara depicted with sari, {{circa|11th century CE}}
Woman dressed in sari, deccan, ca. 1600
Women dressed in sari, deccan, ca. 1565
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Girl in Gujarati sari; in this style, the loose end is worn on the front
Woman in Tamil sari; in this style, the loose end is wrapped around the waist
Girl in Bengali sari; in this style sari is worn without any pleats
Kandyan Sinhalese lady wearing a traditional Kandyan sari ({{transl|si|osaria}})
Girl in nivi Pochampally ikat sari, 1895 CE
Women in Nauvari sari
Women in Mysore sari
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thumb|Sari draping style of Karnataka, Hale Kacche sari/ಹಳೆಕಚ್ಚೆ ಸೀರೆ.
Woman in Nivi sari & vaddanam
Newar bride and two women in sari, 1941
19th century example of weft-resist dye (patola) or double Ikat
A silk sari loom in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu
Galaxy of Musicians by Raja Ravi Varma depicting women in various styles of sari.
Silk weaving at Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Wooden printing-blocks used for block-print saris.
Dyed silk yarns for sari.
Handloom Kanchivaram silk sari.
Handloom in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Handloom in Varanasi
Weaving at work in Kanchipuram
Dyed silk yarns for weaving saris.
Double-Ikat handloom for Patola sari in Gujarat.
Double ikat (Patola) weaving
Weaving Jamdani sari in handloom, Bangladesh.
Weavers at work in Bangladesh.
Child wearing sari in Bangladesh.
Style of sari worn in Coorg.
Handloom weaver at work.
Devadasis from Goa.
Sinhalese woman wearing a traditional Kandyan sari ({{transl|si|osaria}}).
Weaving saris in Kancipuram.
Display of handloom saris.
Bangladeshi bridal handloom sari.
Picture shows sari draping style of North Karnataka by Raja Ravi Varma.
Bride in traditional Bengali sari
Woman in Karnataka kacche drape by Raja Ravi Varma.
Education Minister of Bangladesh Dr.Dipu Moni wearing sari with Hillary Clinton
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a Rajshahi silk sari at the Moscow Kremlin in 2013
Women depicted in Melgacche drape, from Karnataka {{transl|kn|hunterian|kacche}}, Kannada manuscript 16th{{ndash}}17th century

A sari or saree (sometimes also shari) is a women's garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of an unstitched drape varying from 4.5 to 9 yards in length and 600 to 1200 mm in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, partly baring the midriff.


A 21st century skirt
A full skirt of blue damask (back). Ethnographic region: Żywiec. Collection of The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.
A man wearing a Utilikilt, 2010
Sumerian man wearing a kaunakes skirt, ca. 3000 BC
Statue of Ramaat, an official from Gizeh wearing a pleated Egyptian kilt, ca. 2250 BC
Drawing of a girl's skirt made of wool yarn found in a Bronze Age tomb in Borum Eshøj (Danmark)
Vinca figurine depicting a skirt
Ankle-length skirt or 'maxi,' a term introduced in the late 1960s
Mid-calf length or 'midi,' a term introduced in the 1970s.
Miniskirt, a skirt ending between knee and upper thigh. (1960s onwards)
Microskirt, an extremely short miniskirt.
High-low/hi-lo skirt, a skirt with an asymmetrical hemline.
Full (in motion)

A skirt is the lower part of a dress or a separate outer garment that covers a person from the waist downwards.

Fashion design

Fashion designers in 1974 in Dresden.
Fashion designers typically use a runway of models to showcase their work.
The Chéruit salon on Place Vendôme in Paris, 1910
Men pulling carts of women's clothing in Garment District, New York, 1955
Fashion show at a fashion designing college, US, 2015
Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2011–2012 Fashion Show
Red carpet fashion: Italian actors Gabriel Garko and Laura Torrisi wearing designer formal wear at Venice Film Festival, 2009

Fashion design is the art of applying design, aesthetics, clothing construction and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories.


Distinctive style of dress or cosmetic of an individual or group that reflects class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity or epoch.

Actors in samurai costume at the Kyoto Eigamura film set
A costume used in yakshagana, a theater art from India
Costumed performers from Bristol Renaissance Faire
A traditional, European-style Santa suit
Ibex costumes
A U.S. university's cheerleading group at a performance, wearing costume as per their gender.
Children in Bulgarian national costumes welcome guests during the Folklore Festival, Slivnitsa, Bulgaria.

The term also was traditionally used to describe typical appropriate clothing for certain activities, such as riding costume, swimming costume, dance costume, and evening costume.


Model in a designer gown reflecting the contemporary fashion trend at an Haute couture fashion show, Paris, 2011
Reconstructed Roman women's fashion from Florence, Taipei 2013
Reconstructed Roman women's fashions from Florence
Albrecht Dürer's drawing contrasts a well-turned out bourgeoise from Nuremberg (left) with her counterpart from Venice. The Venetian lady's high chopines make her look taller.
Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, was a leader of fashion. Her choices, such as this 1783 white muslin dress called a chemise a la Reine, were highly influential and widely worn.
Cover of Marcus Clarks' spring and summer catalogue 1926–27
Male and female fashion models on the runway, Los Angeles Fashion Week, 2008
Celebrities such as Britney Spears have popularised the concept of wearing underwear as outerwear.
Red carpet fashion: Italian actors Gabriel Garko and Laura Torrisi wearing designer formal wear at Venice Film Festival, 2009
Fur fashion for sale in Tallinn, Estonia
Ivanka Trump (right) along with Japanese PM Shinzō Abe wearing Western-style business suits, 2017
Latin dancers in their costumes. The woman is wearing backless dress with deep slits on its lower portion, while the man is wearing a shirt with top buttons open.
This 1921 clipping from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, with story and drawings by Marguerite Martyn, represents the saturation newspaper coverage given to society women at a fashionable dance.
A see-through top worn along with pasties by a model at a fashion show in USA, 2017. Such fashion trends get popularised through media.
A Mexican sports reporter wearing little black dress and knee-high boots
Gross sales of goods vs IP laws (USA 2007)

Fashion is a form of self-expression and autonomy at a particular period and place and in a specific context, of clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle, and body posture.