As Helenes disgraced royal husband, Menelas, tenor Richard-Nicolas Ville neuve sported a pleated skirt evoking the traditional Balkan Fustanella
in an over-the-top portrayal, showing off with vocal acrobatics as well as some lovely lyrical surprises in his arias.
" (similar to a Scottish kilt) worn by the figure in the foreground is the traditional garb of men in the Greek military at the time.
is a stiff white kilt traditionally worn by which country's military?
Another suggested the band sport the more historically appropriate fustanella
, the Balkans' answer to the kilt, a traditional skirt-like garment worn by men.
Shopkeepers, husbandmen, tailors and all kinds of craftsmen were to be seen following an old man, clad in fustanella
, whilst they laughed and stared at him in the most impertinent manner.
Men from which country often wear a traditional stiff white skirt called a Fustanella
In any case, he is well ahead of the schedule set by his dam Fustanella
, who gained her sole win as a five-year-old.
They were with him in a studio near Syntagma Square, near the Greek Parliament with the tomb of the unknown soldier guarded by evzones, elite soldiers dressed in the 18th-century style of the palikaria, who wore the fustanella
(short skirt), tights, and shoes with pom-poms.
"What is the origin of these sartorial freaks?" Leigh Fermor wonders aloud, then lets fly with conjectures that reach into Persia and Muscovy and that adduce, among others, Filarete, Piero della Francesca, and Pisanello --all by way of illustrating "the Byzantine passion for strange hats." We also hear of the fustanella
, a white skirt once worn by Greek men: Under King Otto and Queen Amelia, the fustanella
and all its attendant finery, with superbly Byronic costumes for ladies-in-waiting, was the official court dress.
The Evzones are famous around the world for their unique traditional uniform, which includes the fustanella
, a garment similar to the kilt.