The concept of beauty and its association with human beings can be traced to the Christian Bible, when Eve, the first woman created by God according to Christian beliefs, placed a flower over her ear to make herself more beautiful and attractive to Adam, the first man. The Bible also provides other historical accounts of the lavish consumption of luxury materials like gold, silver and myrrh during the times of King David, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, particularly between 1010 BC and beyond 100 BC.
These give evidence of the early appreciation of the notion of luxury and beauty by man. However, the concept of luxury and its association to appearance, beauty and fashion evidently became prominent during the ancient Egyptian civilization of this period. Early Egyptian art reveals the intricate detailing and prominence of clothes and accessories such as headgears, crowns and jewellery, made of fine materials like gold.
Also, the Pharaoh exemplified luxury dressing and opulence through his total control of all aspects of society, including appearance. His perception as both a leader and a representation of God heightened fashion opulence in this era as his subjects related to his appearance. The royal Pharaohs dressed flamboyantly and engaged the services of the best artistes, jewellers, craftsmen and designers to fabricate their wardrobe.
The finest materials were used to produce their fashion goods, including footwear, which were often made of pure gold. In this society, tradition and religion were deep-seated and clothing and appearance played a key role during religious and social ceremonies.
Also the Egyptian belief in life after death and the elaborate rituals that were performed during burial ceremonies of dead nobles (involving dressing and mummifying them), reinforced the role of luxury in clothing and beautifying corpses. For these ceremonies, the best and most talented designers and craftsmen were used.