Few devices have excited such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so fashionable of late among the neo-hippie festival crowd. In spite of detractors, these ornamental headpieces, whose history in mythology and art can be traced back to ancient civilizations, reveal no signs of fading from favor.
It's an appearance that has roots. In agrarian societies, tied to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had excellent symbolic significance. Worn for useful and ceremonial factors, they could illustrate status and achievement (see Olympic olive wreaths). The language of flowersand herbs was widely known, with each bring its own meaning. ("There's rosemary, that's for keeping in mind. Please remember, love. And there are pansies, they're for ideas," says Ophelia in Hamlet.) Complete of significance, floral headdresses were woven into the sartorial and social customs of destinations as far-off as Russia and Hawaii.
With increasing industrialization, the flower crown ended up being a romantic sign of the basic "country" life (wished for, in a stylized variation, by Marie Antoinette) and increasingly valued for its decorative worth. While brides continued the ritualistic traditions of flower-wearing, it was the earth-mother hippies who have actually most influenced the device's current incarnation. Discovering themselves partying rather this contact form than raking, these flower children would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to symbolize their connection to nature.
In still more recent years, the flowers have even taken a subversive turn on the runways, with Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy adorning designs with burnished coronets and cast-metal petals-- and unleashing a fresh wave of flower mania among the style flock at the same time. In honor of the summer season solstice, an inspiring appearance back at flower crowns throughout history.
In agrarian societies, tied to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had terrific symbolic meaning. With increasing industrialization, the flower crown ended up being a romantic sign of the easy "nation" life (longed for, in a stylized variation, by Marie Antoinette) and increasingly valued for its decorative worth. Discovering themselves partying rather than plowing, these flower kids would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to signify their connection to nature.