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Clothing: Tiaras

Posted on Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

Your Highness cometh!

A Tiara is a jeweled, ornamental crown traditionally worn by women, during formal occasions, particularly if the dress code is white tie.

Tiara is actually Persian in origin; the name first denoted the high peaked head-dresses of Persian kings, diadem or headbands of purple and white decorations which was a symbol of sovereignty. Now the word ‘diadem’ is used for almost every form of decorative decoration. Tiaras have been used throughout civilizations like the ancient Greeks and Romans who used gold to make wreath-shaped head ornaments. Similarly, the Scythians wore head gear resembling a stiff halo that would later serve an inspiration for Russian kokoshniks.

The use of tiaras decreased with the fall of the Roman empire and rose again during the late 18th century. During that century, Neoclassicism gave rise to a revival of tiaras, but only for female adornment. Napoleon and his wife Josephine de Beauharnais are credited for the comeback of the tiara, mainly because Napoleon wanted the French Court to be the grandest in Europe and also Josephine had many precious jewelries including tiaras. As of now, Queen Elizabeth II is said to have the largest and most valuable collection of tiaras.

In recent times, the tiara is more than just a beautiful sign of power sitting atop a royal head. Fashion designers like Victoria’s Secret, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent have displayed tiaras as part of their catwalk collection. Hollywood too hasn’t shied away from using tiaras in their movies. From Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Holiday’ to Marilyn Monroe in ‘We’re not married’, the tiaras have been a sparkling addition to their wardrobe. The tiara was also donned by pop starts like Fergie who wore it with a grunge look, and by Hollywood A-listers like Helena Bonham Carter and Kelly Osbourne on the red carpet. The 1990s was the year when the tiaras were used the most - tiaras worn with barely there slip dresses and deep, dark lipstick. Stars like Courtney Love, Scarlet Johansson and Rihanna were also seen sporting the tiara on the red carpet.

Tiaras are also big with modern-day brides. Vintage inspired wedding accessories are popular since 2014. The style of woman’s tiara depends on the occasion and the era she wants to flaunt. Whatever your style, get a tiara of your choice on Beverlyheels.com.




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