SNARK WEEK: Head Necklaces, the Hot New Look!


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When did you last see a head necklace in a frock flick?



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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

13 Responses

  1. Marie McGowan Irving

    “The average tiara weighs 214 pounds” BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  2. Anonymous

    Even the royals do it! (Though tbh, they have a proper necklace setting, and a proper tiara setting, instead of simply plopping the necklace on their heads)

  3. Susan Pola

    There were derpy head garlands in Dr Thorne. The daughters of the local squire (cannot remember if he was a knight, knight banneret, or Baron) wore them. One one it would have been okay. But on all, WTF????

      • Susan Pola

        I remembered your article when watching the series o DVD. And decided to snark it. I wonder on Dr Thorne did the costume designer decided:
        A) The girls of the squire were sheep like in following each other fashion sense and the flower head garlands showed it.
        B) Money for appropriate head and hair ornaments were lacking
        C) The girls were not original thinkers. Only Dr Thorne’s niece was. Flowers on head = unoriginal
        D) All of the above
        Or am I reading to much into hair garland overuse?

  4. picasso Manu

    Princess Diana loved to do that with the royal jewels (and I’m not talking hubby’s!)
    Otherwise, the pearl drop for renaissance ladies is a lot like the peplums “bangs on forehead for males”… A signal, a rallying cry.
    When you see tear drop pearl on forehead, doesn’t matter the gown or the hair is wrong, it must be renaissance, surely!
    Also saves on the limited bobby pins allotment, in a lot of cases.

  5. Susan Pola

    I believe Theresa Mary Queen of Scotland. portrait where she’s wearing her trademark hat and from it hangs a pedal drop.
    Memory fails me on name of hat: French something or the other.

  6. jane gardiner

    cheers for the subtitling – say it was a video, groaned internally and thought, right, something else I can’t watch, but thought I’d give it a go – and subtitles! Yeah! you have no idea how rare that is – and how much appreciated!

  7. JT

    Rofl! I love the video! It just says it all xD. I find it ridiculous how many times these idiots who make these tv shows just grab any old Indian Bollywood head necklace and throw it onto the leading lady’s forehead. The only time in real history I can think of when women wore head necklaces, was very early Renaissance Italy, and it was not a widely-used fashion. Otherwise, it looks cheap, wrong, and totally out-of-place. The worst offenders are British or French Renaissance girls with modern Bollywood headdresses on.

    It would be different if the film or tv show was a fantasy. Then the costume designer could use any fashions he or she wants. Some made-up kingdom could have a whole COURT of women and girls with forehead necklaces, and nobody would mind. But when they’re trying to pawn it off as “historically accurate,” you feel like throwing your popcorn bowl at the screen. It’s especially bad if the headpiece looks like something a Hippie or Indian dancer would wear, when the person wearing it lives in a time period and place that never had contact with such cultures because they didn’t exist!