Greek key designs in fashion

I’m feeling very inspired by Greek key designs. There are dozens of beautiful historical dresses that uses the design:

Silk dress with velvet Greek key pattern trim, 1855. This was worn by a girl aged about four years.

From The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London

Directoire gown worn with red shawl with Greek key border, from Costume Parisien, 1799 at


Romantic era dress from Goddess: The Classical Mode

1860s dress. Either from the Met or the V&A


1890s bathing costume from Goddess: The Classical Mode


And of course, Queen Maud’s 1911 Worth dress

Variants of the design appear in the murals at Pompeii too:


UPDATE: I will continue to add Greek key fashion images as I find them, so that this post can act as a reference for Greek key fashion images


Princess Andrew of Greece (?) with her daughters in a Greek Key dress, circa 1908


An evening dress by Edward Molyneux, late 1920s

Childrens fashions for July 1863

Evening dress, House of Lanvin, 1925. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, Mme. Jeanne Paquin, 1905-1907, Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    • Thank you so, so much! I hadn’t thought of it yet, but a list of links to people who have recreated Greek key dresses would also be fantastic – I’ll add that as well and include yours!

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