Portfolio: Pallas and Stola

Inspiration and Sources:

A 1st century CE palla and stola for a fashionable young Pompeiian matron, as seen in the Pompeiian art below.

The Dress Diary:

Fabric and Materials:

Mauve polished wool, and hand-dyed aqua wool gauze.   Metal and shell button fibulae


  • Stola
  • Stola
  • Pallium
  • Fibula
  • Gorsline, Douglas. What People Wore, Dover Publishing, New York, 1994.   Pages 14-15
  • Black, J Anderson and Garland, Madge.   A History of Fashion, Orbis Publishing, London, 1975.   Pages 60-69

Inspiration Art:


  1. Mlle. Sophie says

    I’m making a Roman dress for a local competition. I really want it to be amazing, but I have no experience in this time period. (I’m Georgian through and through (-: ) Do you have any suggestions of websites where I could find inspiration and tips? You do amazing work!


  2. Cathy says

    I have gotten confused by your terms. I looked up pallas and find it is the plural for pallu: the loose end of a sari. Stola I find is the sleeveless dress often sewed at the shoulders and worn only by married women over a tunica. What I do not understand is why you are showing a peplos dress. I love the draping of the wool gauze by the way. I realise the peplos could have been worn instead of the tunica, but then it would be worn under the stola. Try as I might I can not find a period source showing someone wearing a peplos instead of a tunica under a stola. So why did you call your garment a stola instead of a peplos?

    • the peplos was an ancient greek style of dress, while the similar-looking stola was roman. a palla (pallas is the modern plural, though it would have been pallae in latin) was a mantle that would have been draped over the stola and worn out of the house.

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