Re: Putting One's Hair Up
Posted by Caroline on September 14, 1997 at 22:18:56:
In response to Putting One's Hair Up, written by Kelley on September 03, 1997 at 00:23:01
] At what age were young ladies allowed to put their hair "up"? Was it when you came out? In the latter part of the 1800s, it was considered a big deal to be able to do so because it signified adulthood. Was this not so important during the Regency? I recall seeing one of the Gardiner's daughters with her hair in a bun, but Margaret wore hers down. Anyone?
I've recently been looking at paintings done in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and there seems to be a change in girl's hairsyles with the adoption of the "empire waist". Before about 1790, little girls wore their hair down, and teenage-looking girls seem to have some down and some wrapped around their head. But with the onset of the classical styles, even little girls seem to have their hair up. Picture of the working classes seem to show the same thing- girls of less than ten with a bun and ringlets. The only ones with hair down are those whose hair is not yet long enough to put up.
Perhaps Margaret's loose hair is a sign that she's a tom-boy?
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