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November 7, 2017

Vintage Portraits Depict Women's Hairstyles From the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

In the Victorian era, a woman’s hair was often thought to be one of her most valuable assets. Styles varied quite a bit throughout the nearly 7 decades of Queen Victoria’s reign, with everything from simple middle parts to elaborate pieces made from human hair being in fashion. Accessories such as combs, pearls, hats and bonnets each had their time in the spotlight throughout the 1800s. Here’s a collection of Victorian photographs ranging from 1855-1880s.


The Victorian era popularized the trend of getting ones hair styled by a hairdresser. Middle parted hairstyles became famous and natural curls started a trend which lasted for quite some time. The reign of King Edward VII in the early 1900s saw a huge change in fields like art and fashion. The male monarch’s tastes were fresh and bright. Hence new ideas became fashion and the older ones were cast out as stale.

This period saw extensive use of pads and frames of false hair to make ones hair look fuller and thicker. Maids of rich ladies would wind their hairs in balls of padding to make it look more poufy. It went perfectly with the dressing styles of the Edwardian era as even the dresses then was more puffed than normal. This sort of hairstyle was almost always accompanied by huge Edwardian hats which in turn were held in place by the use of hatpins. These hatpins were often jewelled and came with elaborate trimmings.

Below are some of Edwardian photographs, depicting some of the hairstyles of the time, like the Low Pompadour, Hatpin Hairstyle, Side-Swirls, Flapper (the title ‘Flapper’ originally referred to teenage girls who wore their hair in single plait which often terminated in a wide ribbon bow) and the pompadour.






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