|GORGEOUS Egyptian inspired headpiece|
Americans were walking like Egyptians long before The Bangles told us too. Well, maybe not walking, but Egyptian architecture, interior design, and fashion has sparked our inspiration for over 100 years.
|1920's Egyptian Revival Broach (gemologyonline.com)|
Americans became enchanted and inspired by the mysterious east around the late 1800's. Already obsessed with opulence, victorians at The 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair got their first look at belly dancing in the form of "Little Egypt" and her dancers. How exotic! How sensual and powerful! A little risque for it's time, no doubt. Those sheer flowing fabrics, those dark eyes, that sparkling jewelry! Who could resist? Between that, and the recent Orientalist movement in fashion and art, a trend was born.
|1920's dress made from assuit, an Egyptian fabric composed of a thin mesh and tiny pieces of metal "pinched" into the fabric forming elaborate designs. (vintagecouture.com)|
|Vintage "winged pharaoh" celluloid purse frame (celluloidpurses.com)|
|Theda Bara portrays Cleopatra in 1917 (itsonlyfashionblog.com)|
In 1922, King Tut's tomb was discovered, the worlds attention turned to Egypt, and the country quickly came down with a serious case of Egyptian fever! One cannot deny the heavy Egyptian influence on the look of the flapper with her elaborately beaded dresses, decorated headpieces, Cleopatra style bob haircut and dark makeup. Even magazine product ads used illustrated images of exotic eastern beauties to sell everything from cigarettes to beauty soap.