During World War II, women entered the workforce taking manual jobs in the factories and on the farms. Turbans became a necessity to cover and protect the hair. Making your own turban was encouraged by the government as rationing heralded a new norm. There was a wealth of knitting, crocheting, and sewing patterns available for the resourceful woman of the 1940's.
|Promoting wartime chic: photograph by the British Ministry of Information|
|Circa 1940's knitted turban|
|Reproduction of a 1940's knitted turban pattern|
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But, leave it to Hollywood to demonstrate the glamour of the turban! When costume designer Irene came up with the idea of a turban for Hedy Lamarr's exotic and aloof character in the 1938 film "Algiers", they became all the rage. There is something mysterious and just a little dangerous about a woman in a turban. Who can forget the iconic image of Lana Turner dressed in a simple white turban in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946).
|Hedy Lamarr in "Lady of the Tropics" (1939)|
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|Joan Crawford decorates her turban with jewels.|
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|The inspiration for Miss Marshall's fabulous turban: Simplicity 1318 (1945).|
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