Two pretty Art Deco metal hair pins in Egyptian Revival design
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1920s
MATERIALS: metal, glass stones
#1 openwork hair pin measures 5 x 1¼ ins (13 x 3.5 cm)
#2 solid hair pin measures 5 x 1¼ ins (13 x 3.5 cm)
Here are two hair pins made in the Egyptian Revival style, probably dating from the 1920s. The final picture shows a number of illustrations taken from contemporary glamour postcards illustrating the popularity of this “Egyptian” look.
Both are made in gold tone metal with engraved decoration. One has an openwork panel and the other s wedge shaped heading.
Hair accessories like these were mass produced for the popular end of the market following on from the discovery of the tomb of Tutankamun. No attempt was made to reproduce authentic Egyptian objects. The ornaments were simply a pastiche decorated with motifs which the designers imagined to be “Egyptian”.
The oriental theme in costume during the opening years of the 20th century was already very strong. This was partly due to the fashion influence of designers like Paul Poiret, whose harem evening dresses created something of a style revolution and made significant contributions to fashion design of the early 20th Century. This taste for the exotic was given a fresh impetus by the discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankamun in the early 1920s.
The development of early Hollywood also encouraged the exotic look. The 1917 version of Cleopatra with Theda Bara in the leading role and the later 1934 film with Claudette Colbert in the same part demonstrates how aesthetics were ripe for incorporating Egyptian motifs into costume. Fashion designers, already having a heyday in the growing post-war consumer culture, found rich inspiration in the designs and motifs of Egyptian Middle Eastern and Oriental art. Ancient Egyptian motifs were quickly integrated into fashion, makeup, architecture and Hollywood. Fashion designers incorporated Egyptian colours, patterns and jewellery into the fashions of the 1920’s.
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2 Vintage Art Deco hair pins Egyptian Revival design