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Turbans have a long history as cultural and religious headwear in parts of Africa, Asia and the middle east and many turbans are worn to show that a person is faithfully devoted to their religion such as Sikh men. However, turbans have been worn as fashion statements for many decades.
It is believed that turbans as fashion accessories came to the attention of the western world through the 17th century paining ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring but painter Jan Vermeer.
Commerce between Europe and India helped bring even more attention to the turban and in the late 1700’s Queen Marie Antoinette of France wore turbans and brought them to Vogue as a fashion accessory.
In the early 20th century Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbot wore turbans in such films as Sunset Boulevard. By the ’70s women tended to wear their turbans with their hair flowing out underneath.
We have seen many stars wear turbans in one form or another such as Jennifer Lopez at the MTV Music Awards and Sarah Jessica Parkers character Carrie Bradshaw in sex in the city. Turbans can be styled from casual with jeans and t-shirts to elegant such as we see on the red carpet.