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Renaissance was a time for change. Many great masterpieces were created in a period that witnessed great developments in art, science and fashion. Those great works are the sources that enable us to experience the past.
During the 15th century, hairstyles were inspired by roman and greek styles. Long hair was usually braided and adorned with pearled headbands, forehead pieces with precious stones, velvet ribbons and soft veils, creating very beautiful and intricate styles.
Today, under a very different lifestyle, women require simplicity for their hectic lives, but these past references can still become part of their days. The inspirations is here.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli • CC-BY/Love Meagan
Galleria degli Uffizi • Tom Munro/Condé Nast
Musée Condé • Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S.
Städelsches Kunstinstitut • Kérastase
Gemäldegalerie • H.F.P.A.
Weimarer Stadtschloss • Carter Smith/Condé Nast
1. Braids with Bun Italian artist Antonio del Pollaiuolo painted portraits of many different Florentine women. Each one of those paintings reveals interesting, elaborate hairstyles, often decorated with jewelry or headbands. These hairstyles might seem a little bit too complex for our days, but you can tone it down with some simple small braids and a bun. Some loose curls on the front can help you achieve a casual and feminine look.
2. Effortless Waves In Botticelli's paintings, we mostly see beautiful women with blond and curly hair. In the "Birth of Venus", the hair of the goddess of love is immensely long, tied with soft blue strips. Create the beauty of this look with some big waves and make a small braid with a portion of your hair to wrap around your head as a headband or around the middle section of your hairstyle. You can also buy a fake hair extension, but the result will not be as natural.
3. Formal French Braid Simonetta Vespucci, the noble woman from Genoa believed to have been the muse for Botticelli's work, was also portrayed in a very detailed, beautiful braided hairstyle by Piero di Cosimo. Create a great look like this one, but make it more simple with a french braid along the hair and a small bun, like the amazing hairstyle Bérénice Bejo wore at the 84th Academy Awards.
4. Feminine Flower Pins Women in the past certainly had a lot of time to spend with their hair. In this Portrait of a Young Woman by Sandro Botticelli, we can really see how hairstyles were so complex, with a lot of different elements, like pearls, ribbons, feathers and jewels. Create a look with this inspiration, but stick to just one decoration choice. Some small flowers along your hair, like in this look for Zac Posen's Spring 2014 show, can create a great look for a formal event.
5. Bright Headband In this Portrait of a Young Woman by Sandro Botticelli, we see how braids were usually mixed with wavy hair, pearl elements and ribbons to hold the hair up. Go for this effortless wavy style with a bun and end it with a crystal headband to frame it better, like in this beautiful hairstyle Charlize Theron wore at the 2012 Golden Globes.
6. Romantic Garland In this Princess Sybille portrait painted by Lucas Cranach, a flower garland is used as a tiara to complement the long wavy hair. Take this inspiration and create a lace headband or a simple flower garland to decorate your loose curls and frame your face.