With all kind of fruits hanged on the top of her head--including bananas-- Carmen left a strong image in her fans thanks to the variety of colors and objects in her turbans.
“I have never followed what people say it is 'fashionable'. I think that a woman must wear what fits her. That is why I created a style appropriated to my type and my artistical genre.”
Baiana's Turban from Copacabana movie (1946)
Turban embroidered with pearly sequins worn by Carmen Miranda. Topped by fruit basket embroidered with sequins and beads. Among the fruits: pineapple, bananas, grapes and strawberries. Around the basket, red fruits of plastics and green leaves embroidered with sequins. On the right side hangs a bunch of grapes embroidered with sequins.
Turban of feathers and fruits
Turban in white lace, embroidered with small silver sequins worn by Carmen Miranda. Encompassed by two small baskets with arrangement of colored fruit of mass and feathers of rooster in the green color. Leaves green in fine fabric and yellow in felt. In the upper part, wire rods with mirrored stones and star-shaped sequins.
Turban with flowers basket
Turban embroidered with silver studs worn by Carmen Miranda. Topped by basket embroidered in beads, rhinestones and sequins, in silver, red and blue colors. From the basket come stylized flowers of beige nylon embroidered with golden sequins. From the left side hang rows of beads in the colors silver, red and blue.
Turban in gold lamé embroidered with gold sequins worn by Carmen Miranda. Encased by nylon basket, metallic threads and gold sequins. In the basket, green leaves with sequins of the same color, bananas embroidered and with applications of gold, green, red and blue sequins and golden metallic threads. Plastic bananas painted yellow. The banana arrangement hangs over the right side.
Turban worn by Carmen Miranda, in silver lamé covered by four layers of fringes with mirrored colorless beads. Engraved by arrangement of volutes in colorless acrylic, with application of colorless and mirrored stones. On the circular base of the scrolls, bun application of brown hair strands.
Turban embroidered with silver sequins worn by Carmen Miranda. Topped with nylon basket arrangement and silver sequins with leaves and fruits with embroidery and sequins application: oranges, apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, grapes, pineapple and others. A bunch of grapes hangs on the right side.
An interesting bit of trivia is that, while she was living in the United States, her turbans were copied and worn by several women, including actresses. This was mainly during the period that the United States was involved in World War II, from 1941 through 1945, when there was a shortage of shampoo and hair-care products. Carmen's turbans provided a practical and elegant solution.
Social turban in a similar shape to the one Carmen wore when meeting the French singer Edith Piaf.
Social turban for gala balls
Turban in silver lamé embroidered with pearls, colorless stones, blue rhinestones and silver beads worn by Carmen Miranda. Embroidery on floral decorative motifs. In the back, three layers of purplish purple tulle, with applications of silver sequins, blue and colorless rhinestones. Two strips of lamê for mooring. Cotton lining. In the lining, label with the inscription Baldwin, in cursive, blue letter.
She designed most of her turbans herself and they always had some sort of personal twist, even when commissioned from a stylist.
Turban in beige fabric and golden metallic threads forming stripes worn by Carmen Miranda. In the superior part, braid formed by rollers of the same fabric wrapping around the circumference. Cotton lining.
Brocade turban with red stones
Turban worn by Carmen Miranda, in white and silver brocade, draped. In the upper part, support in cylindrical format, in the same fabric, with a net of colorless beads, red stones of different sizes and shapes and rhinestones, forming rosacea. On the forehead, garland of pearls with pendants in red stones and rhinestones. In the lining, label with the inscription Baldwin, in cursive, blue letter.
Look at me and tell me if I don't have Brazil in every curve of my body.
Carmen Miranda Museum
Anita Mantuano Arts Foundation of Rio de Janeiro State/ Rio de Janeiro State Department of Culture
Raphael Hallack Fabrino