History of the Hair Bow

Hair Bows: Chronological Trends

We do not yet have a complete history of the use of bows as part of hair styles over time. The first hair bows worn by boys was in the 18th century. It wasn't a child's style, but an adult style. Latter when boys began to wear hair bows in the 19th century, it was a childs' style. Fullchronologicalinformation is not yet available on the wearing of hair bows. We know that both boys and girls wore hair bows in the late-19th century and early 20th century. We have been able to find little information on this, but it is easily recognizable in the photographic record.

Girls were particularly apt to wear hair bows, in some cases quite large ones. But boys also wore hair bows and not just infants. We also do not at his time have any information on the manufacture of ribbons and changes over time. I think silk and satin were the main materials, and we are unsure about chronological availability of these materials in ribbons. I don't think that they were commonly available until cloth wascommerciallymanufactured.

Hair bows became popular during the Victorian Era (ruled by Queen Victoria, 1837-1901) and the Edwardian Era (ruled by King Edward VII, 1901-1910). The Victorian woman seldom wore a bow in her hair but if she did, it was usually black or another modest color, and small in size. The Edwardian Era was more fanciful and a woman would wear bows of different colors and sizes, some being quite large compared to today's bows. During this Era, many upperclass women and little girls wore hair bows as fashion accessories

A hair clip is used to keep hair off your face. Add a bow, and it becomes a fashion accessory! Bows certainly haven't gone out of style, and today the variety of colors, sizes and styles means there is always a bow that's just right for you



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