HAIRSTYLE HISTORY: The photographs you will see in this collection are of Victorian ladies and girls with their hair down. Their hairstyles will vary with braids, and ringlets/sausage curls. You will see some photos of women wearing all their hair flowing free. These are rare photos and not easy to find. (They also cost me a lot of money) Think of these as Victorian Glamour Shots. If you notice these photos are made to focus on the length of their hair. Sometimes the pose is a side view or all the hair is pulled forward.
Free-flowing hairstyle photos that we have found were made during the bustle era (1870-1889). Part of this fashion trend may have been due to the seven Sutherland Sisters who had floor length hair. To see photos of the sisters go to The International Long Hair Club website. We have not found photos with women wearing all their hair down from 1890 through 1909. It doesn't mean that this fashion trend did not continue during this time. It means were have not found evidence of it yet. Around 1910, the style became fashionable for models and actresses to let their hair down in photo postcards. This trend seemed to have ended when the fashionable 1920s bobbed hairstyle became fashionable.
Disclaimer:The photos located on this website, "A Brush with History: Vintage Hairstyles," are property of The Costume Gallery collection. They may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Penny E. Ladnier, owner of The Costume Gallery. The circa dates given for the photos are an educated guess, from analyzing the fashions worn in the photo. When an actual date is provided on the photo, that date will be included in the identification marks section. The location stated by the studio may be a clue as to where this photo was taken. Please take it as a clue. Many photographers traveled to locations and took photographs… meaning that the photo may not have been taken in the same city or town as the address of the studio.
© A Brush with History: Vintage Hairstyles, 2001, 2002.
© The Costume Gallery, 1997 - 2002.