After my vintage 1960’s turban turned many heads on Tuesday nights outing, I had to look up the designer and it’s history. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any background history on the designer Lilian Bowman of DC. This is no surprise to me, lots of local designers had no representation, so they weren’t mainstream. However, these finding made me dig a bit deeper – let’s see how this once Muslim male accessory became a part of women’s fashion…
Turbans started their journey in style as a man’s headgear in Islamic countries. Seventeenth century fashion embraced the tradition and the turban became part of the female wardrobe as an ultimate expression of glamour and also a smart way to cover unruly hair. Its oriental air conquered women of the Western world in the most unexpected ways since the early 1920’s leaving its mark in every decade since. While the turban was adopted first in Europe, the glamorous starlets of Hollywood were those who introduced it internationally and made it a statement piece. Stars such like Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, succumbed to its charm while while Lana Turner created the image of the femme fatale wearing one in “The postman rings twice”.
The turban had a dynamic comeback in the mid 50’s with the NY Times running a story on the brocade silk turban by Dior. By the early 1970s, in London, Biba, sold matching printed caftans and transparent tunics with an Oriental flair and references to the 20’s and 30’s. American designer Halston incorporated it in the evening wardrobe and dressed up fashion icons like Bianca Jagger. Draped turbans spread beyond the disco glamor and adorned many famous heads: Elizabeth Taylor
Joan Collins, and also the Queen of England wore one. In 2006 they appeared on the catwalks in a revival of the disco era and in 2009 they resurfaced thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker, J Lo
and now in 2018 by me, Aisha Keys.
I’ve decided to put this beauty up for sale….message me for price. Serious inquires only…
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