We are never satisfied with reality. It simply won't do. The least and the last of us, if asked to answer honestly, have our dreams and desires. And for the vast majority of us, they manifest in our thoughts, in apparel terms, to some extent. In those apparel terms we have created endless fantasies of other cultures and times, bastardizing, by morphing the truth of those things into something we call that truth, but is other than that in reality. When costumes for Masques were created to celebrate the classical world, did they actually wear togas and chitons? Nope. They threw a bit of drapery around what was essentially contemporary dress for them, and called it classical. When Hollywood does historical costume, the results a re a mash up of current ideas of beauty and enough cues from the time in question to make it look real to us. And when couture designers take inspiration from one culture or another they mix that into a stew of other ideas to come up with something that references, but does not ape that other culture.