The Romantic era was notorious for its extreme hair styles. Curls, braids, loops, and twists were manipulated and decorated in a manner of ways. The were big, they were loud, and they defied the rules of gravity. I've been trying to figure out how to replicate these styles.
The Apollo Knot(s): that big bunny-ears thing....often accompanied by forehead curls
|Portrait of a Lady miniature on ivory, 1832 by Carl Von Saar|
|Evening dress, 1827 France, La Reunion|
|On Helena Bonham Carter in Les Mis|
|Evening dresses, 1830|
|On Lady Harriet in Wives & Daughters|
|1841 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna|
And that's not even the beginning of it! There are so many different styles out there for this period!
But how do we replicate this? I'm still trying to figure that out. I found a few costumers who shared their creations on the internet. Some are just result pictures and some have tips and tricks:
This lady made use of her own hair as well as false pieces:
This one shows you how they made a base for the Apollo Knot:
A very talented Deviant Artist:
If you're going for a Turban look: it looks like this Regency look could also work for Romantic with some fiddling.
Most Romantic styles (original or reproduction) use fake or added hair pieces. The curls won't be too hard to find out there, but some hair pieces you have to create on your own. But how? I'm not quite sure...
-Fake/extra hair bent over buckram loops and attached with hair pins.
In The Young Victoria, you can see a pale material inside the Apollo knots of royal ladies. There is scene later on showing the knots actually being unpinned from their buns.
|Look at her bun. Doesn't that look like buckram or something?|
Like how people starch their shirts, collars, and petticoats to make them stiff.
-Wire woven into braid loops.
Millinery wire, perhaps?
Well, that's my rant. I'll be trying to make my own hair pieces soon enough. Does anyone else have ideas or tips for re-creating Romantic Era styles?
Over and out.