The Finest Flower Crowns of Perpetuity



Few devices have excited such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so fashionable of late among the neo-hippie celebration 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.



In agrarian societies, connected to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had great symbolic significance. Worn for useful and ceremonial factors, they could show status and accomplishment (see Olympic olive wreaths). Complete of significance, floral headdresses were woven into the sartorial and social customs of destinations as remote as Russia and Hawaii.



With increasing industrialization, the flower crown became a romantic indication of the easy "nation" life (longed for, in an elegant version, by Marie Antoinette) and significantly appreciated for its ornamental value. While bride-to-bes continued the ceremonial traditions of flower-wearing, it was the earth-mother hippies who have actually most influenced the device's current version. Finding themselves partying instead of plowing, these flower kids would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to signify 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 fashion flock at the same time. In honor of the summer solstice, an inspiring appearance back at flower crowns throughout history.





In agrarian societies, tied to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had excellent symbolic meaning. With increasing industrialization, the flower crown ended up being a romantic sign of weblink the easy "nation" life (longed for, in a stylized variation, by Marie Antoinette) and increasingly valued for its decorative value. Discovering themselves partying rather than plowing, these flower kids would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to signify their connection to nature.

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