1940s' Hedy Lamarr wearing a turban, a useful accessory for women to be used as a safety device for working in factories they also doubled as a means to hide the unkempt untidy hair of women running a household and working at the same time.
Dominican-born actress Maria Montez in a very fetching + highly fashionable 1940s turban

Many of you, who has been reading my blog will know that I am obsessed with head wraps, my other post clearly provided an  image to my readers how effectively and fashionably can one wear a head wrap and its importance in various cultures. Right now I am drooling over these work turbans.....

Work Turbans basically became popular during World War II. Due to the war, there was serious shortage of materials, it meant that Parisian Haute Couture had to slow down its progress. Hair pins disappeared from the market, so women could not tie their hair up. Hats attracted women’s attention and their styles became much more varied because they could cover undressed hair and bring quick elegance to plain clothing. 

Moreover as women started working, keeping their hair down was causing serious interference in their work. Hence arouse the work turban. Stylish and simple way to keep your hair at bay: and no hair pins!

1940s working gal casual work wear pants shirt shoes turban hair found photo print war era vintage fashion style Rosie Riveter

1940s Fashion. Photo by dovima_is_devine_II on Flickr

1940 - turbans and veiled hats. Upper right, Mrs. Allen! (yeah, I know, '40s, but Mrs. Allen was then too!)

The work turbans became extremely popular during the 1940s and soon picked up by high fashion brands!

Emilio Pucci. Photo Gian Paolo Barbieri, 1969.

Sofia Loren in Turbans

The Yves Saint Laurent 1962 Turban

Tyra Banks by Steven Meisel

Wilhelmina Cooper Vogue, 1964

Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue 1976
Ulyana Sergeenko being stunning in Milan
I also found a very cool blog dedicated only to turbans...............

Turbanista  Blog dedicated to the Art of Turban



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