Bandeau: in clothing and fashion, the term means a narrow band of ribbon, velvet, etc., worn round the head. A wide range of materials make up a hair bandeau, including jewels, ribbons, cloth, and flowers. In some cases, a tiara can be said to be an elaborate form of the bandeau. This head band has been popular since the beginning of recorded history, for the decoration is flattering for almost any hair style. The bandeau provides an instant frame for curls, adds color, and can hold unruly hair in place. Bandeaux were quite popular during the Regency era as both formal and informal head wear.
In the image above, Isabella Thorpe’s bandeau resembles an open turban. It play an integral part in the hair design.
Court gown, 1799. This bandeau, worn for a formal event, also holds feathers, as in the above photo.
Felicity as Catherine Morland (2007) wears a thin bandeau. This image is inaccurate in that ladies in those days did not venture outdoors without a head cover. We can tell that Isabella (Carey Mulligan) is “fast” for she reveals more of her bosom during the day than is ladylike and wears no hat while strolling through Bath.
Thin satin or silk ribbon bandeau woven into the hair on the righ;, bandeaux made with pearls in the center two images; and gold ornamental combs in the hairstyle on the left.
Bandeau with long lace streamers. 1818 French court dress, La Belle Assemblee.
Bandeaux have been popular throughout the ages, and continue to be so.
Beaded bandeau from the Edwardian Era
Gallery of Fashion – Women’s bandeaux