As summer shades into autumn there is always a pull towards more luxurious and lustrous textiles and a turban hat is the perfect way to use them. The informal design of the turban lends itself to spectacular fabrics, combinations and trimmings. Take inspiration from London’s Fashion and Textile Museum and its current jazz age show to embellish with a Poiret-style feather, or go for forties practicality with a fabric-only version.
The forties turban is closely associated with the milliner, Madame Paulette but her most famous hat style was originally a wartime improvisation. She received so many compliments on the black jersey she had wrapped around her head that she started to experiment with different designs. Once the superbly practical design was taken up by beautiful young Parisian women, a trend was ignited.