Friday, November 18, 2011

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How to Tie a Regency Turban

You know those mysterious costuming mysteries that sometimes plague us?  How to tie a turban is one of them.

If you are practically hair-less like me, a quick and easy head-wrap is the perfect way to finish off a Regency gown, day or evening, and hide your lack-of-hair.

Here's a quick video showing how to do it.  This can be done with any standard-sized scarf.  The one in the video was done with a silk scarf; the one in the photo below with a basic rayon scarf.  My only warning is to avoid really huge scarves or shawls, as they can be a lot to handle.





Practice, be creative and experiment, and have a fun weekend :-)

A turban tied with a basic rayon scarf.  Try it with a pashmina-style scarf for the perfect period touch
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22 comments:

  1. I have to know; where did you get that scarf, and tell me more about that first portrait at the end of your film!! that FRILL!! I must re-create!

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  2. Oh, how spectacular. This answered many questions for me, and I loved the pics at the end of the videos. And loved the pics from TN.

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  3. Wonderful! I love the look on you :D

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  4. I am going to try this asap! Finally, another use for my scarf collection!

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  5. Beautiful turban! :) Nice video, too. I recognize that beautiful music from Marie Antoinette! ;)
    Your costumes are always so creative and wonderful.

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  6. i want you to know, that since this has been posted, i have been tying turbans on my head in my pajamas with every scarf i can find in the house.

    you. rule.

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  7. Lauren, I stole this video and posted it on my turban page. I hope that's okay. :) I will post a link to your blogpage. I also wanted to ask if you would be willing to do a post about Regency shoes for the Oregon Regency Society blog?

    Stephanie Johanesen

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  8. Thank you everyone. :-)

    ORS, Yes, by all means re-post this! Also, I would be happy to do a post about regency shoes for your blog. E-mail me with details? lauren@american-duchess.com

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  9. This is most welcome! I have short hair as well these days for modern convenience but I want to do more Regency so your efforts on this are wonderfully appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. Very neat - thank you for sharing :-) I usually work with two scarves, and the result is different each time, so I gladly try your variation :-)

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  11. Lovely! These tutorials are so helpful, and this is a beautiful variation. For those that have a hard time wrapping, there are 2 piece turbans with a hat & matching scarf called Titillating Turbans that are very easy.

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  12. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! I was wondering what I could do with really short hair and here is my solution!

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  13. Wonderful. thanks you so much for a great tutorial.
    How Tie A Tie

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  14. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I'm wearing a turban with my first ever Regency costume in September -- such an easy way to look elegant. And much faster than fixing an authentic hairstyle. I found your tutorial on YouTube and since then have been enjoying your blog.

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    1. BTW, my book The Lady's Stratagem: A Repository of 1820s Directions for the Toilet, Mantua-Making, Stay-Making, Millinery & Etiquette contains instructions for numerous turbans, both tied and made-up.

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  15. What does one do when one's hair doesn't hold a curl as beautifully and reliably as yours does? :-(

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    1. Hi Sarah - oh, my hair is definitely not reliably curly, and it's very slippery! Fear not, though. To help the turban stay put, you can use a wig wearing trick - make small pin curls behind the front/bangs that will be visible. Tie the turban over them. They create a sort of anchor that keeps the turban from slipping off your head.

      If getting your curls to hold through the day in general is the issue, I highly recommend wet-setting. You can rag curl or pin curl the night before, while the hair is damp. Spray your hair with Lotta Body or a use a light gel. Roll them up, sleep on them, and undo the next day. Your curls should hold for far far longer than if you do them with the curling iron.

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