I've always been fascinated with vintage hats with veils and the glamorous mysterious effect they have. . Certainly there are many religious origins to the veil, think Catholic Nuns and Muslim Burqas. There is also the wedding ritual where brides wear veils ( like the gorgeous one above) to represent their virginity, a tradition that still carries on with meaning or not. There is also the somewhat old fashioned use of black veils at funerals worn by widows and those in high mourning. But where does that leave us in the fashion world where wearing a veil is a choice not a societal standard?
Let's have a look:
In Victorian and Edwardian times, large veiled hats were popular to keep sun off of the face and dust out of your eyes while riding in an automobile. Practical and pragmatic.
Bette Davis in the 1940's. Veils are worn by glamorous women. They define a lady's space and separate them from the common woman.
In the 1950's a lady never went out without a hat and her gloves.
Veils attached to fancy cocktail hats were an option for formal occasions.
Another image from the 1950's when wearing fashion veils peaked.
Sophisticated, mysterious, refined, and very lady like.
Modern times. Veils make a come back for a glamorous night out. Drew Barrymore is stunning in her birdcage veil at the Grey Gardens premiere.