Although by the books, the ‘60s is the era most accredited with the birth of youth fashion culture, by the roaring Twenties a cultural movement centered around dancing in dark and smoky speakeasies and serving gin to young ladies in knee length skirts was already emerging. Key to a young lady’s smooth entry in and out of illicit drinkeries was her hat. The plaited turban we’ve selected for today’s Vintage Spotlight is a headpiece that would have been a favourite in any flapper’s collection. Its lilac pastel color and luxurious silk texture would have made it a ‘wow’ number over a sharp Eton cut or bob. The elegance embodied in the turban design easily added glamour to the flamboyant jewel-bedecked outfits that were à
la mode in the speakeasies, but would look just as luxurious hiding the worst in a modern belle’s daily rebellion - bed hair.
1920s Turban at Beyond Retro Brick Lane
1960s Mesh Turban (£20) & Coloured Cloth Turbans (£10) available online