The Evolution Of The Flower Crown

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We all know flower crowns are the most popular accessory among the free-spirited, concert-going crowd, but how were they worn before they became a festival fixture? Here, we take a look back at the history of the ubiquitous bohemian hairstyle, affirming that this trend had life far before Coachella.

Frida Kahlo in the '50s

An original purveyor of the floral headpiece, Frida Kahlo often sported a small, colorful bouquet worn at the front of her head.

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Elizabeth Taylor in the '60s

For her role as Flora "Sissy" Goforth in Boom!, Elizabeth sported a band of dainty blossoms that sat primly at her hairline (and just so happened to coordinate expertly with her dangling earrings and embellished top), all the while oozing her signature movie-star glamour.

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Jane Birkin in the '70s

In her typical effortless style, Jane Birkin opted for a wraparound version of the crown while celebrating the Russian New Year with Serge Gainsbourg.

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Marie Antoinette in 2006

Slightly predating the flower-crown craze, the Sofia Coppola-directed film's iconic costuming (who could resist the French aristocrat garb and dreamy pastel color palette?) inspired many a Halloween costume in its wake. Floral headpieces were used throughout the film, including this fanciful halo confection sitting pretty atop Kirsten Dunst's head.

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Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2014 runway

Dolce & Gabbana's runway hair emanated Italian romance with intricate flower crowns placed at the back of the head. Peeking out just slightly when viewed from the front, the effect was soft and folksy.

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