A History of the Fashion Turban
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- Previous Next2 of 16Girl with a Pearl Earring: ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images
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- Previous Next9 of 16Barbra Streisand: Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images
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A Masterpiece2 of 16
The elaborately wrapped turban in Jan Vermeer's iconic 17th-century painting Girl With a Pearl Earring was likely inspired by Turkish dress.
Free Spirit3 of 16
During the 19th century the turban became less common, but by the 20th century designer Paul Poiret helped bring it back into fashion with his Eastern-influenced style (which was also famously corset-free). Poiret's aesthetic was eventually adopted by socialites such as Peggy Guggenheim and silent film stars like Gloria Swanson, pictured.
Globe Trotter4 of 16
By the 1930s, the turban became a signifier for the well-educated, well-traveled woman, such as the Swedish-born film icon Greta Garbo, who was famous not only in Hollywood, but also around the world.
A Foreign Affair5 of 16
When Hedy Lamarr played a beauty from French Indochina in Lady of the Tropics (1939), she donned a head wrap to seduce an American playboy.
White Hot6 of 16
Perhaps most famous of all head wraps from the 1940s was the one worn by Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1946. The wrap's pure color masked her character’s evil intentions.
Be Dazzled7 of 16
In the 1960s, Elizabeth Taylor wore the turban with a regal air, pairing it with glittering ball gowns like the one she wore to accept an award at the Sistine Chapel in 1966.
Wrap Star8 of 16
"It" girl model Marisa Berenson wore a turban poolside—it served as a towel as well as an accessory. The look that was both practical and fashionable.
The Way It Was9 of 16
By the '70s, women began wearing the turban more as a hat than as a head wrap, letting their long, straight hair hang loose. In 1973, Barbra Streisand channeled Garbo with her turban and lush fur coat at the premiere of The Way We Were.
Fit For a Queen10 of 16
British royalty are known for matching their hats to the occasion. Queen Elizabeth II wore a turban rather than crown on her tour of the Western Isles in 1996.
Turban Chic11 of 16
At the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez gave the headpiece a disco-era twist with a silver mesh topper (and matching gown).
Shine On12 of 16
When Kate Moss wore a lamé turban to match her Marc Jacobs dress to the 2009 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum, she was widely credited with officially bringing the accessory back into style.
Turning Heads13 of 16
In 2010, turbans appeared again on runways in the spring 2011 ready-to-wear shows by Jason Wu, Vena Cava and Giorgio Armani. Salma Hayek, catching onto the movement, wore one to the Stella McCartney show in Paris during the season.
Bold School14 of 16
Taking a cue from stylist June Ambrose, Solange Knowles combined her turban with a bold necklace and beaded top.
Knit Wit15 of 16
Earlier this year, bohemian trendsetter Margherita Missoni wore a knit version of the turban with beaded detailing that coordinated with the rest of her accessories.
That's a Wrap!16 of 16
At the Toronto Film Festival last month, Eva Mendes turned heads by donning a satiny Prada turban to cap off her sheer Dolce and Gabanna gown.