The Tiara Trend, Fit For A Princess
BEAUTY NEWS | 17 January 2017
Once the preserve of prom-goers, beauty queens, brides and Her Majesty, tiaras are enjoying a sparkly resurgence onto the high street. Thanks to the trendsetting exploits of fashion designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent more of us may soon be channeling our inner Disney princess with this, the most regal of head accessories.
Model of the moment, Gigi Hadid, wore one at New York Fashion Week and a growing number of A-List celebrities, from rock princesses, Beyoncé and Rihanna, to drama queens, Keira Knightly and Scarlett Johannson are experimenting.
The tiara became a popular adornment way back in the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans (the first real tiara shape, with a raised point at the front, can be attributed to them). These decadent mini crowns were replaced by demure hats and veils during medieval times but returned with renewed glitz and glamour during the reign of Napoleon. Queen Victoria had a penchant for floral designs and Queen Elizabeth II is rumoured to have the largest and most valuable collection in the world.
Most recently the Duchess of Cambridge made the tiara feel young and beautiful when she stepped out for her first state banquet at Buckingham Palace wearing the pearl and lotus flower tiara borrowed from her royal mother-in-law. This glittering symbol of the establishment, once owned by the Queen Mother, looked anything but antiquated.
A symbol of wealth and status for royalty and the very rich, the tiara now appears to be attracting a growing customer base of fashion-conscious ‘commoners’ too. Model of the moment, Gigi Hadid, wore one at New York Fashion Week and a growing number of A-List celebrities, from rock princesses, Beyoncé and Rihanna, to drama queens, Keira Knightly and Scarlett Johannson are experimenting. There can be few fashion accessories that scream street cred and confidence like a tiara, after all. If you’re important enough to wear a crown, you’ve arrived, surely?
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