The English moustache fashion: A hairy history

Throughout history, facial hair has fallen out of mustache fashion. Hairy faces have been hailed, ridiculed, immortalized in art, and even legislated against. Also Increasing and curling your mustache fashion has never been easy.

Ever since the first caveman took a hinged shell and ripped the red whiskers off his face, men have shaped his facial growth. For centuries, whiskers have been more popular at some times, less at others, but they never completely disappear. As social history goes through new and varied phases, so does pornography (or the art of growing facial hair).

Medieval knights in England had armor made to suit their shiny mustaches. In the 14th century, Edward, Prince of Wales was celebrated with a performance at his grave in Canterbury Cathedral. He shows the prince in a full battle suit with a chain mail that wraps around his face and neck, but lets his long whiskers float over the top.

The English moustache fashion: A hairy history

English mustaches fashion reality in England after the Elizabethan

The mustache as a symbol of fashion really. Became a reality in England after the Elizabethan era with a lot of beard. When King James. I came to the British throne, But he was proud of his brave mustache, which he had immortalized in art. His son, King Charles I, made ruled beards. And mustaches iconic, and this was copied by all men of mustache fashion when portraits of Sir Anthony Van Duck were on display. Perhaps it was through jealousy over the monarch’s magnificent mustache. That led the more frugal Oliver Cromwell mustache to lead a republican revolution.

He executed not only the king, but also one of the king’s most loyal supporters, Arthur Carpel. In a miniature portrait of John Hoskins, Carpel has a remarkable mustache: thick, shiny. And swept back and forth like a pair of rolled up theater curtains.

When Britain grew weary of the Puritan rule, which again felt like theater, dance. And infidelity, King Charles II came to the throne. But the portraits show that he grew a mustache in his teens, perhaps not surprising for someone who fought his first fight at the age of 12.

War whiskers English mustaches fashion dramatically in Europe

At the end of the 17th century, beards went out of fashion dramatically in Europe, aided in Russia by the ‘beard tax’ of Tsar Peter the Great, and as a so result, also mustaches flourished. In the early 1800s, whiskers were flamboyant, curly, and often meticulously sculpted to connect with excessive burns.

Byron modeled his pencil-thin mustache and exotic Albanian garb in the 1835 Orientalist Portrait of Thomas Phillip

English mustache fashion all this shaggy fad

The younger generation finally started against all this shaggy fad. They wanted to emulate a poet who was “angry, bad, and dangerous to know.” Lord Byron kept his face free of hair except for a slender, romantically curled mustache that violated prevailing conventions about facial hair, just as he did in all other aspects of his life. For decades, the Byronic style was the sexiest look and mustaches dominated pink, but all that was to change in 1854, with the Crimean War and the return of the massive beard.

When the war ended in 1856, the returning soldiers were barely recognizable behind their large mounds of facial hair. Deciding that beards were signs of heroes, British men began to grow theirs. The beard was everywhere and the mustache was lost in so the general “facial fungus” (as Edwardian novelist Frank Richardson called it). It was a dark time for mustaches.


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