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Dorothy Sebastian Shows How to Wrap a Turban

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Step 1: Fold a large square shaped scarf into a triangle. Place the centre flat end of the scarf at the base of your head. Have the centre tip of the triangle go over the head and lay in front of the face.

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Step 2: Take the left and right sides of the scarf cross over top of the head and tie around to the base of the neck. Make sure to tie tight enough to feel secure but not too tight or the turban will pop off.

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Step 3: Tuck excess fabric into the underside of the scarf. Take the pointed tip of the front of scarf and tuck under the fabric at the crown of the head.

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Step 4: Now you should have the perfect turban! Add a decorative clip for that extra glamour!

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10 FABULOUS PICTURES OF WOMEN’S JEWELLERY FROM THE 1920’S

Louise Brooks, 1920s
Louise Brooks, 1920s
Myrna Loy, Warner Bros. Found on fineartamerica.com
Myrna Loy, Warner Bros. Found on fineartamerica.com
Justine Johnstone. Note that this headband style was not popular throughout the 1920s, only the early '20s, ca 1922-23.
Justine Johnstone. Note that this headband style was not popular throughout the 1920s, only the early ’20s, ca 1922-23.
Lucy Doraine (1898-1989) Hungarian silent film actress wearing a single long earring.
Lucy Doraine (1898-1989) Hungarian silent film actress wearing a single long earring.

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1920s Jewellery Ad.
1920s Jewellery Ad.
Lupe Velez, 1927.
Lupe Velez, 1927.
Carlotta Monterey photographed by Edward Steichen, wearing a diamond head bandeau by Cartier, 1924
Carlotta Monterey photographed by Edward Steichen, wearing a diamond head bandeau by Cartier, 1924
Irène Bordoni in 1929′s Paris. photo by Elmer Fryer
Irène Bordoni in 1929′s Paris. photo by Elmer Fryer
Early 1920s.
Early 1920s.

1920’s Women’s Accessories Pt. 3

JEWELLERY

During the 1920s, Coco Chanel introduced inexpensive lines of what she called “illusion jewellery”,   better known as “costume jewellery”, and soon the costume jewellery market exploded. (2)

Traditionally, the function of artificial gems had been to provide deceptive copies of precious originals. Chanel, who opened her own jewellery workshops in 1924, flouted this convention by designing jewellery with paste stones and fake pearls in colours and sizes that defied nature. She believed that jewellery should be worn to decorate, rather than to flaunt wealth. (1)

Coco Chanel, 1920s
Coco Chanel, 1920s

Turning tradition on its head, she herself often wore, during daytime, jewellery that would normally have been considered suitable only for evening – ropes of fake pearls or her distinctive coloured-stone necklaces or her brooches, inspired by Renaissance and Byzantine jewels. For evening, she frequently avoided jewellery altogether. (1)

Long strands of imitation pearls, faux gems, and opaque glass beads adorned the necks of both wealthy women and struggling shop girls across the nation, for they were as affordable as they were attractive. Of course, those women who could afford it still bought “real” jewellery, but fashion trends favoured those necklaces made of inexpensive glass, wood, and even papier-maché beads. (2)

Lenore Ulric c.1926
Lenore Ulric c.1926

A popular long necklace made of glass beads and ending in a beaded tassel, called a “sautoir” became known as “flapper beads”. Pendant earrings, frequently made of glass, often dangled below a women’s bobbed hair.
Bangle bracelets, constructed of celluloid, bakelite, chrome, or aluminium, were frequently worn several at a time, often on the upper arm left bare by a sleeveless evening dress. (2)

Pss Maria Jose of Belgium (later Queen of Italy) wearing an upper-arm bracelet and egyptian style jewellery, 1920s
Pss Maria Jose of Belgium (later Queen of Italy) wearing an upper-arm bracelet and egyptian style jewellery, 1920s

Trends that affected clothing often affected jewellery. The 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, for example, initiated a craze for Egyptian-style jewellery, and the popularity of African-American nightclub entertainer Josephine Baker sparked a rage for heavy African ivory bracelets. (2)

Cute and silly picture of Josephine Baker in the 1920s, wearing african-style jewellery.
Cute and silly picture of Josephine Baker in the 1920s, wearing african-style jewellery.

Sources:

(1) 20th Century Fashion – Valerie Mendes, Amy de La Haye, 1999
(2) The 1920s (American Popular Culture Through History) by Kathleen Drowne and Patrick Huber, 2004

1920’s Women’s Accessories Pt.2

HANDBAGS

The pared-down women’s fashions of the 1920s left little room for pockets, and so a well-dressed woman needed to carry a handbag in which she could keep her compact, lipstick, and a few other necessities. (1)

1. 1920s floral petit point purse (esty) 2. 1920s Austrian Tapestry Bag (etsy) 3. 1920's gold and silver beaded purse (etsy)
1. 1920s floral petit point purse (esty) 2. 1920s Austrian Tapestry Bag (etsy) 3. 1920’s gold and silver beaded purse (etsy)

While morning appointments generally called for a more casual handbag made of fabric or leather, afternoon and evening engagements required a dressier bag, often constructed of mesh or fancy bead work. (1)

1. 1920s silver and velvet purse 2.  1920s Whiting and Davis Art Deco Enamel Mesh Flapper Purse (etsy) 3. 1920s German Silver Mesh Chain link Purse with Etched & Cut Art Nouveau Frame (etsy)
1. 1920s silver and velvet purse 2. 1920s Whiting and Davis Art Deco Enamel Mesh Flapper Purse (etsy) 3. 1920s German Silver Mesh Chain link Purse with Etched & Cut Art Nouveau Frame (etsy)

Some bags, called reticules, were pouch-style bags that closed with a drawstring and were made of fabric or, for evening wear, crocheted out of strands of glass beads. The “pochette”, another popular style handbag, was a simple, flat, rectangular bag that featured a clasp at the top and a short carrying strap. (1)

1. Vintage Flapper Purse Blue Carnival Glass Beads (etsy) 2.Black silk pochette faced with carved ivory, 1920s (nulathanhauser.com)
1. Vintage Flapper Purse Blue Carnival Glass Beads (etsy) 2.Black silk pochette faced with carved ivory, 1920s (nulathanhauser.com)

Metal mesh bags, introduced in the United States in the nineteenth century, also enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1920s. They could be pleated in gold or silver, or enameled in Art Deco patterns resembling flowers, birds, sunbursts, or Egyptian or Oriental motifs. (1)

1. Whiting & Davis Gold Snake Scale Mesh Evening Bag, Perhaps Flapper Era, 1920s (etsy) 2. Whiting Davis 1920's Coloured Metal Mesh Purse (etsy) 3. Vintage Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Bag (etsy)
1. Whiting & Davis Gold Snake Scale Mesh Evening Bag, Perhaps Flapper Era, 1920s (etsy) 2. Whiting Davis 1920’s Coloured Metal Mesh Purse (etsy) 3. Vintage Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Bag (etsy)

The late 1920s saw a vogue in reptile-skin bags, including those made from the hides of lizards, alligators, and snakes. Stylish women who carried these bags sometimes wore matching pairs of gloves. (1)

1. vintage alligator head purse - 1920s (etsy) 2. Vintage 1920's Black Alligator Leather Handbag (etsy)
1. vintage alligator head purse – 1920s (etsy) 2. Vintage 1920’s Black Alligator Leather Handbag (etsy)

SHAWL

The shawl – a highly popular accessory from the early 1920s to the beginning of the 1930s. Variously draped around the body, and often fringed in silk, shawls added further dimensions to the pillar-like forms of prevailing fashions. They also provided warmth and comfort over flimsy 1920s attire. There were lavishly embroidered imports from India and China, as well as hand-painted versions by leading artists. (2)

1. vintage 1920s silver assuit shawl / art deco (etsy) 2. Gorgeous 1920's Floral Print Silk Shawl with Long Fringe (etsy) 3. 1920s incredible beaded piano shawl (etsy)
1. vintage 1920s silver assuit shawl / art deco (etsy) 2. Gorgeous 1920’s Floral Print Silk Shawl with Long Fringe (etsy) 3. 1920s incredible beaded piano shawl (etsy)

SOURCES:
(1) The 1920s (American Popular Culture Through History) by Kathleen Drowne and Patrick Huber, 2004
(2) 20th Century Fashion – Valerie Mendes, Amy de La Haye, 1999

10 Fabulous Pictures of Women’s Hat Fashions from the 1920’s

Gloria Swanson wearing an amazing cloche hat with Art Deco inspired embroidery.
Gloria Swanson wearing an amazing cloche hat with Art Deco inspired embroidery.
Pearls, fur and cloche hat - 1920s perfect combination!
Pearls, fur and cloche hat – 1920s perfect combination!
Dita Parlo German postcard. Photo Atelier Suse Byk, Berlin. Ross Verlag, 3627/1
Dita Parlo German postcard. Photo Atelier Suse Byk, Berlin

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Bruck-Weiss aviation hat, ca. 1926
Bruck-Weiss aviation hat, ca. 1926
Sylvia Leslie by Bassano, 1921
Sylvia Leslie by Bassano, 1921
Gloria Swanson, 1921 - Found on fineartamerica.com
Gloria Swanson, 1921 – Found on fineartamerica.com
Loretta Young, 1929, sixteen years old
Loretta Young, 1929, sixteen years old
Joan Crawford in one of my favourite portraits ever.
Joan Crawford in one of my favourite portraits ever.
Fabulous Greta Garbo, 1926
Fabulous Greta Garbo, 1926

1920’s Women’s Accessories Pt.1

Elegant accessories provided a frisson of excitement. There were feathered fans for flirting, cigarette holders for smouldering. Optional extras include huge plumes, long strands of pearls, row upon of plain bracelets and enormous single pear-shaped stones. Evening scarves were a new sensation; at first draped diagonally across the body, later knotted around the neck, and made from silk, satin or a combination of leopard skin and monkey fur. (1)

Beautiful headpiece and feather fan.
Beautiful headpiece and feather fan.

HATS

As they had in previous decades, hats remained a standard component of American women’s wardrobes during the 1920s, and while hats were not worn in the home or with fancy evening gowns, they were required apparel for most social engagements. (2)

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Earlier in the century, enormous, wide hats were the rage, often adorned with long, dramatic feathers and pinned to a woman’s hair with dangerously sharp hatpins. In 1913, the Audubon Society succeeded in introducing a ban on importing the plumage of such rare birds as egrets and birds of paradise, whose feathers had customarily been used in millinery. (2)

Washington, D.C., circa 1920.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. “Miss Helen LeSeure.” Granddaughter of “Uncle Joe” Cannon, a legendary Speaker of the House. junipergallery Fine-Art Prints by Juniper Gallery
Washington, D.C., circa 1928.
Washington, D.C., circa 1928. “Shelley, James, Mrs.” junipergallery Fine-Art Prints by Juniper Gallery

The lack of dramatic plumage, coupled with the popular short haircuts of the 1920s, signalled the end of oversized hat. Large, striking hats did endure for the first few years of the decade, but around 1923, when the cloche hat (cloche means “bell” in French) was imported to America from Paris, small, trim hats became de rigeur of stylish women. (2)

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The cloche hat’s deep crown and narrow brim fitted snugly over a woman’s head ad concealed her eyebrows and nearly all of her bobbed hair. Cloches were made of just about every material, including straw, felt, satin, velvet, rayon, and cotton, and could be worn at any time of the year. By 1928, some cloche hats had even been stripped of their small brim, making them look almost like a helmet. (2)

Doris Zinkeisen: New Idea portrait with leaf background (1929) by Harold Cazneaux
Doris Zinkeisen: New Idea portrait with leaf background (1929) by Harold Cazneaux

Cloches were often decorated with appliqué, ribbons, rhinestones, buckles, beads, small feathers, artificial flowers, or decorative clips, and most trimmings rested over the ear rather than on the front of the hat. Ornamental Art Deco hatpins, usually made of zinc, celluloid, or Bakelite, came into vogue late in the 1920s. Rather than attach the hat to a woman’s hair, these pins, often adorned with faux jewels, were intended merely to decorate an otherwise plain hat. (2)

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Dolores Del Rio, January 31, 1929
Dolores Del Rio, January 31, 1929

Although cloches were by far the dominant style of women’s hats during the 1920s, other styles also enjoyed a certain measure of popularity. The turban, which basically amounted to a length of material wrapped horizontally around the head, offered one fashionable alternative to the cloche. (2)

Fania Marinoff (circa 1923)
Fania Marinoff (circa 1923)

During the 1910s, dancer Irene Castle initiated the fashion of wearing decorative bandeaux – headbands that wrapped around the forehead and could be made of anything from ribbons to rhinestones. By the beginning of the 1920s, women were wearing these headpieces, also nicknamed “headache bands”, as a standard part of their evening dress. (2)

1920s evening turban.
1920s evening turban.

Women also found soft tams and berets appealing, and when Greta Garbo wore a man’s slouch hat in the popular film A Woman of Affairs (1928), she ignited another national craze among American women. Garbo soon became a synonym for this style of soft felt hat with a high crow and drooping brim.  (2)

Greta Garbo in ''A Woman of Affairs'' 1928
Greta Garbo in ”A Woman of Affairs” 1928

And women riding in open cars sometimes protected their hair by donning leather aviator helmets resembling those worn by World War I pilots. (2)

Young woman driving a sports car, 1928
Young woman driving a sports car, 1928

Sources:

(1) Vogues Fashion – Linda Watson, 2008

(2) The 1920s (American Popular Culture Through History) by Kathleen Drowne and Patrick Huber, 2004

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