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Evening cloak or manteau, from Costume Parisien, 1823
Evening cloak or manteau, from Costume Parisien, 1823

A cloak is a type of loose garment that is worn over indoor clothing and serves the same purpose as an overcoat—it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example, or it may form part of a fashionable outfit or uniform. Cloaks are as old as human history; there has nearly always been some form of long outer garment used to protect people from the weather. Over time cloaks have changed their look to match current styles and textile needs. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... (See also List of types of clothing) Introduction Humans often wear articles of clothing (also known as dress, garments or attire) on the body (for the alternative, see nudity). ... Girls wearing formal attire for dancing, an example of one of the many modern forms of clothing. ... Overcoat (left) and top coat (right) from The Gazette of Fashion, 1872. ... A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organisation whilst participating in that organisations activity. ... Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. ...


Cloaks generally fasten at the neck or over the shoulder, vary in length, from ankle all the way up to the hip, mid-calf being the normal length. They may have an attached hood, and may cover and fasten down the front, in which case they have holes or slits for the hands to pass through. However, cloaks are almost always sleeveless. A hood is a kind of headgear. ...

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Opera cloak

In full evening dress in the Western countries, ladies and gentlemen frequently use the cloak as a fashion statement, or to protect the fine fabrics of eveningwear from the elements, especially where a coat would crush—or hide—the garment. Opera cloaks are made of quality materials such as wool or cashmere, velvet and satin. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with Commonwealth Prime Ministers, in the 1950s. ... A lady is a woman who is the counterpart of a lord; or, the counterpart of a gentleman. ... The term gentleman (from Latin gentilis, belonging to a race or gens, and man, cognate with the French word gentilhomme, the Spanish gentilhombre and the Italian gentil uomo or gentiluomo), in its original and strict signification, denoted a man of good family, the Latin generosus (its invariable translation in English... A fashion consists of a current (constantly changing) trend, favoured for frivolous rather than practical, logical, or intellectual reasons. ... Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. ... Double-breasted coat, 1876 For other meanings than clothing, see Coat (Disambiguation) A coat (a term frequently interchangeable with jacket) is an outer garment worn by both men and women, for warmth or fashion. ...


Ladies may wear a short (over the shoulders or to the waist) cloak usually called a cape, or a full-length cloak. Gentlemen wear an ankle- or full-length cloak. Formal cloaks often have expensive, coloured linings and trimmings such as silk, satin, velvet and fur. A mysterious man in a cape, in Seinfeld, in episode 6-4. ... Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. ... Look up Satin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Velvet is a type of tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it its distinct feel. ... A dogs fur usually consists of longer, stiffer, guard hairs—which can be straight, wiry, or wavy, and of various lengths, hiding a soft, short-haired undercoat. ...


In literature and the arts

Cloaks are a staple garment in the fantasy genre, due to the popularity of medieval settings. They are also usually associated with witches, wizards and vampires. Such cloaks are often magical; for example, they may grant the person wearing it invisibility, as in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Witchcraft. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Vampires (or vampyres) are mythological or folkloric creatures believed to be the reanimated corpses of human beings who subsist on human and/or animal blood. ... The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical, paranormal or supernatural means. ... An example of how an object could appear to be invisible through the use of mirrors Invisibility is the state of an object which cannot be seen. ... Joanne Rowling, OBE (born 31 July 1965[1]) is an English fiction writer who writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling. ...


Figuratively, a cloak may thus be anything that disguises or conceals something. Science fiction such as Starcraft and Star Trek have devices called cloaking devices. StarCraft is a real-time strategy computer game by Blizzard Entertainment. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ...


Many superheroes wear cloaks as part of their costume, such as Batman and Superman. For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...


Because they keep a person hidden, the phrase cloak and dagger has come to refer to espionage and secretive crimes: it suggests murder from hidden sources. "Cloak and dagger" stories are thus mystery, detective, and crime stories of this atmosphere. For general cloak and dagger activities, see espionage and assassination. ...


See also

A Klingon Bird of Prey from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country fires while using a cloaking device In several science fiction universes, a cloaking device is an advanced stealth system which causes a spaceship or individual to be invisible and extremely difficult to detect with normal sensors. ... An example of how an object could appear to be invisible through the use of mirrors Invisibility is the state of an object which cannot be seen. ... A dragon robe from Qing Dynasty of China A robe is a loose-fitting outer garment. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A stole is a ladys shawl, especially a formal shawl of expensive fabric used over a ballgown. ... A shroud is typically something, usually a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. ... Veils are articles of clothing, worn almost exclusively by women, which cover some part of the head or face. ...

References

  • Ashelford, Jane: The Art of Dress: Clothing and Society 1500-1914, Abrams, 1996. ISBN 0-8109-6317-5
  • Baumgarten, Linda: What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America, Yale University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-300-09580-5
  • Payne, Blanche: History of Costume from the Ancient Egyptians to the Twentieth Century, Harper & Row, 1965. No ISBN for this edition; ASIN B0006BMNFS
  • Picken, Mary Brooks: The Fashion Dictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, 1957. (1973 edition ISBN 0-308-10052-2)

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Cloak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
A cloak is a type of loose garment that is worn over indoor clothing and serves the same purpose as an overcoat – it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example, or it may form part of a fashionable outfit or uniform.
Cloaks are as old as human history; there has nearly always been some form of long outer garment used to protect people from the weather.
Cloaks are a staple of the fantasy genre, usually associated with witches, wizards and vampires.
Cloak and Dagger (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (783 words)
Tyrone, as Cloak, gained the ability to access the "Darkforce Dimension" through his extra-dimensional cloak; those drawn into the cloak were stricken with fear and often rendered catatonic.
Cloak made a solo appearance in issues of the miniseries House of M, as a member of an underground human resistance movement.
Cloak and Dagger was chosen as one of the many properties in Marvel's new film deal with Paramount Pictures, along with Captain America, Nick Fury, Doctor Strange, Avengers, Hawkeye, Power Pack, Shang-Chi, and Black Panther.
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