Monday, 6 August 2012

Vintage Headwear: Turbans

This is the first of four posts about headwear. First up: turbans. I wanted to start with Audrey because she's such a style icon and it's a joy to see a photograph where she looks so happy. 

Audrey Hepburn 

Turbans had featured in film and fashion long before, however. Here's a wonderfully sultry photograph of 1920s film star Anna May Wong... 

Norma Shearer, 1929

Valerie Hobson

Joan Crawford in matching turban & sweater, 1939

Rita Johnson, c. 1940

Lisa Fonssagrives, 1940

Elsa Schiaparelli

Vogue 1941

Vogue 1945

Marlene Dietrich in a turban by Dior, 1955. 

Revlon Beauty Advertisement 

Joan Crawford

Wilhelmina Cooper

Mary Jane Russell, 1954

Circus performers, 1955 

Victoria von Hagen, 1954

Vogue 1953

Printed silk beret-turban hybrid, 1957

Basking in the sun, 1950s

Turban by Adolfo Emme, 1960

Petal turbans, c.1960s

Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra (1963)

She also loved to wear them out to parties... 

...including a society wedding with another rather important Liz

Grace Kelly and Jackie O with their respective husbands

Vogue 1960

Italian actress Virna Lisi, c.1960s

Vogue 1965

Sophia Loren

Cobra turban by Givenchy, Vogue 1973

Pat Cleveland

 Celia Hammond

Barbara Streisand

Margaux Hemingway sports a turban-headband, 1976

Contemporary designers, stylists and magazine editors fall back in love with the turban every now and again...  

Vogue Italia, 2000

Models on the runway at Prada SS/2007

Lanvin Resort 2013


The legendary Molly Parkin is famous for her beautiful headwear. If you haven't read her autobiography, I strongly recommend it; one of the most interesting (and scandalous) memoirs I have ever read. During the late 1960s Molly was fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and then The Sunday Times. Her wonderful stories turn the air blue! We have the book in our Kings Cross studio and customers are welcome to borrow it from our library at any time.

Molly Parkin in a signature turban

A few fashion-forward celebrities have tried out the turban look...

Nicole Scherzinger 

Jennifer Lopez in full-on 1970s mode 

SJP as Carrie Bradshaw

Olivia Palermo 

Karolina Kurkova

Eugenie Niarchos

Kate Moss

Chanteuse extraordinaire Paloma Faith

Style icon in-the-making Solange Knowles

Fashion historian Amber Butchart

Madonna, c.1980s

Italian beauty Paola Iezzi

Fashion aside, it would be impossible to write a post about turbans without mentioning the sublime Jennifer Saunders... 

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