National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Bernice Jones

Affiliation: Independent Scholar

Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, specializing in the Art and Archaeology of Greece, Rome and the ancient Near East, with particular emphasis on interconnections in the Bronze Age Aegean. Dr. Jones has taught at Ringling College of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design, Queens College, and Manhattanville College’s Summer in Greece Program. Her publications include her pioneering book on Greek Dress, Ariadne’s Threads: The Construction and Significance of Clothes in the Aegean Bronze Age, and articles in the American Journal of Archaeology, and Archaeology magazine, etc. She has lectured nationally and internationally on Minoan and Mycenaean dress and on her digital reconstructions of Aegean frescoes. Her costume replicas have been the subject of recent exhibitions at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Herakleion Museum in Crete, the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Australia, the Institute for Antiquities at the University of Graz, Austria, and currently at the Institute for Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna, Austria.


This lecture explores the splendid costumes of the Minoans and Mycenaeans immortalized in art and by Homer.  Decorated with exquisite patterns and appliquéd with gold and precious gems, the garments were of the utmost luxury. No longer preserved, the costumes are replicated through detailed analysis of art, loom technology, extant Egyptian clothes, comparable Near Eastern garments, and texts.  They are ultimately draped on live models posed as in art and juxtaposed with the sculptures and wall paintings they imitate.  Fragmentary figural frescoes are reconstructed to restore lost scenes of palatial and everyday life.  Together, the replicated costumes and reconstructed wall paintings virtually bring the Minoans and Myceneans to life.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

B.R. Jones, 2015 (reprint 2019) “Ariadne’s Threads: The Construction and Significance of Clothes in the Aegean Bronze Age.”  Aegaeum 38, Peeters Publishers.

B.R. Jones 2018 “Costumes of Beauty,” in The Countless Aspects of Beauty in Ancient Art, The Athens National Archaeological Museum, May 2018-April 2019: 177-190.

B.R. Jones, 2009, “New Reconstructions of the ‘Mykenaia’ and a Seated Woman from Mycenae,” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 113.3: 309-338.

B.R. Jones 2000 “Revealing Minoan Fashions,” Archaeology, 53.3: 36-41.


See Bernice Jones's work in the American Journal of Archaeology.

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