WOMEN OF THE TIME OF GEORGE I - 1714-1727
The ladies wear little lace and linen caps, their hair escaping in a
ringlet or so at the side, and flowing down behind, or gathered close up
to a small knob on the head.
The hair is very tightly gathered up behind, twisted into a small
knob on the top of the head, and either drawn straight back from the
forehead or parted in the middle, allowing a small fringe to hang on the
temples. Nearly every woman wore a small cap or a small round straw hat
with a ribbon round it.
Now the lady would puff her hair at the sides and powder it; if she
had no hair she wore false, and a little later a full wig. She would now
often discard her neat cap and wear a veil behind her back, over her
hair, and falling over her shoulders.
GEORGE THE THIRD
Reigned sixty years: 1760-1820.
The first colour plate above shows the last of the
dresses, which gave way in 1794 or 1795 to Empire dresses. The
second plate shows the Polonaise skirt. After the French
Revolution all dress of both men and women underwent radical changes.
Calthrop wrote:- The drawings of the women's dresses should
also speak for themselves. You may watch the growth of the wig and the
decline of the hoop - I trust with ease. You may see those towers of
hair of which there are so many stories. Those masses of meal and
stuffing, powder and pomatum, the dressing of which took many hours.
Those piles of decorated, perfumed, reeking mess, by which a lady
could show her fancy for the navy by balancing a straw ship on her head,
for sport by showing a coach, for gardening by a regular bed of flowers.
Heads which were only dressed, perhaps, once in three weeks, and were
then re-scented because it was necessary.
Monstrous germ-gatherers of horse-hair, hemp-wool, and powder, laid
on in a paste, the cleaning of which is too awful to give in full
detail. 'Three weeks,' says my lady's hairdresser, 'is as long as a head
can go well in the summer without being opened.'
Georgian Headwear - The Calash & The Broad Brimmed Hat
The Mob Cap
Travel a little further and you have the mob cap.
All of a sudden out go hoops, full skirts, high hair, powder, buffons,
broad-brimmed hats, patches, high-heeled shoes, and in come willowy
figures and thin, nearly transparent dresses, turbans, low shoes,
DRAWINGS TO ILLUSTRATE THE COSTUME & HAIRSTYLES OF WOMEN IN THE REIGN OF GEORGE THE THIRD
- 27 Drawings
HAIRSTYLE CROPS TAKEN FROM
DRAWINGS BY CALTHROP AND THE DIGHTONS, FATHER
GEORGIAN WOMEN'S FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HAIRSTYLE DRAWINGS 1770-1772, 1775.
GEORGIAN HIGH FRAME HAIR FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HIGH HAIRSTYLES - DRAWINGS 1775.
GEORGIAN HAIR FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HIGH HAIR & CALASH - DRAWINGS 1777 -1783.
HAT & HAIR FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HAT DRAWINGS - 1783,1786 & 1787.
GEORGIAN HAT FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - GEORGIAN HAT STYLES - DRAWINGS 1789, 1793 & 1794.
GEORGIAN TURBAN & BONNET HAT FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - GEORGIAN BONNET HAT FASHION DRAWINGS 1794.
GEORGIAN TURBAN & FEATHER PLUME HAT FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - FEATHER PLUME HAT, BAND & TURBAN 1799 &1800.
LATE GEORGIAN BONNET & HAT FASHION DRAWINGS
ABOVE - BONNET HATS OF 1803, 1810, 1820. FAR RIGHT - HAIR ORNAMENTED
APOLLO TOP KNOT 1830.
This costume history page is about hair fashion history. It consists of a
selection of women only
headdresses and hairstyle illustrations and original from 1714 to 1800+ taken from Calthrop's
English Costume. They are as shown in individual Calthrop costume pages
for specific eras on 36 other pages in another section of this website. The partial text copy
below is from the book ENGLISH
COSTUME PAINTED & DESCRIBED BY DION CLAYTON CALTHROP. Full
text is on the individual dated pages.
This page is about female headdresses and hairstyles for the
Georgian era to 1800+. Later eras of headdresses are shown on
other pages. For the Introduction to this book see this
introduction written by Dion Clayton Calthrop.
My comments are in italics.
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