The clothes of the Byzantine became a luxurious, rigid dress, which covered the body and veiled it’s forms. The ruling layer of the society liked silk materials and brocade, which were richly embroidered with precious metals and pearls.
Byzantine Empire. 5th century. Empress Theodora. She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. Some sources mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as his co-regent.