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Create A Regency Style Turban

Turbans were popular forms of head decoration during Austen’s era, adding both drama and height to the wearer.

The Bingley sisters epitomized London style and elegance in 1995's Pride and Prejudice by A&E/BBC.
The Bingley sisters epitomized London style and elegance in 1995’s Pride and Prejudice by A&E/BBC.

Fashion magazines of the time displayed an amazing variety of style and form, all under the heading “turban”.

 La Belle Assemblee, April 1818
La Belle Assemblee, April 1818

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La Belle Assemblee, 1818

Period portraits also offer and excellent source of study, showing that some turbans were “traditional” wound affairs, while others were premade, hat-like types.

Lady Charlotte Campbell by Archibald Skirving, 1802
Lady Charlotte Campbell by Archibald Skirving, 1802
Portrait of Woman with Turban, 1804.
Portrait of Giuseppia Grassini, with Turban, 1804.

Thanks to the internet, you can find instructions for anything, including how to wind or make your own Regency style turban.

1795 Gillray cartoon of a Georgian woman winding her turban.
1795 Gillray cartoon of a Georgian woman winding her turban.

Download and print this simple Turban pattern (PDF) or visit the following sites for even more creative ideas.

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