Few devices have excited such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so trendy of late amongst 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 indications of fading from favor.
It's a look that has roots. In agrarian societies, connected to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had great symbolic significance. Worn for useful and ceremonial factors, they could highlight status and accomplishment (see Olympic olive wreaths). The language of flowersand herbs was popular, with each carrying its own significance. ("There's rosemary, that's for remembering. Please keep in mind, love. And there are pansies, they're for thoughts," states Ophelia in Hamlet.) Filled with significance, flower headdresses were woven into the social and sartorial customs of destinations as remote as Russia and Hawaii.
With increasing industrialization, the flower crown ended up being a romantic sign of the easy "country" life (wished for, in an elegant version, by Marie Antoinette) and significantly appreciated for its ornamental value. While bride-to-bes continued the ceremonial customs of flower-wearing, it was the earth-mother hippies who have most influenced the device's present version. Finding themselves partying instead of plowing, these flower kids would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to symbolize their connection to nature.
In still more recent years, the blossoms 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 in the process. In honor of the summer solstice, a motivating look back at flower crowns throughout history.
In agrarian societies, connected to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had excellent symbolic meaning. With increasing industrialization, the large flower crowns flower crown ended up being a romantic sign of the easy "nation" life (longed for, in a stylized variation, by Marie Antoinette) and increasingly appreciated for its ornamental value. Finding themselves partying rather than raking, these flower children would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to represent their connection to nature.