I’ve been pouring over these images of Victorian ladies with floor length hair for…I don’t know how long now. But can you blame me? They’re beautiful and mysterious and sad. I don’t know why I feel this surge of emotion for a collection of women, of strangers…but I do. I find it morbidly fascinating that not one of these woman is alive today. I wonder what happened after death. I wonder if they were put in their coffins blanketed with their own hair. I wonder if their hair was cut off to be gifted to family and friends in lockets. I wonder, I wonder, I wonder. To find a well written and deeply fascinating article about the role that long hair played in the Victorian era, move here.
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1865: A woman poses to show her long hair in a studio around 1865 in an unknown location. (Photo Reproduction by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
circa 1870: A woman with a locks of hair carefully curled and falling down her back. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1885: Mrs Frampton combing her long hair with the help of a mirror. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1890: Miss Milo combs her very long hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1890: Mrs Frampton proudly displays her very long hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of a young woman with long hair almost to the floor, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
Portrait of Fanny Cornforth (1824-1906), model and housekeeper for the artist DG Rossetti. Ca. 1865.
Portrait of a young woman with very long hair, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
ca. 1914-1919 — Very Longhaired Woman — Image by © CORBIS