Iran through the years: a century of changing fashion and beauty styles

Time-lapse video shows Iranian-American model go through make-overs summing up each decade's trends

Web Desk February 22, 2015

A time-lapse video captures 100 years of changing fashion and beauty styles for women in Iran’s history.

The clip titled, ‘100 Years of Beauty’ shows Iranian-American model Sabrina Sarajy going through make-overs and posing with looks summing up each decade and its unique beauty trend.


The first look captures the model sporting a white hijab, a monobrow and no make-up in keeping with the trend at the time. Sarajy’s somber expression and look reflect the subservience of women to men in that era.



As Iran moved towards greater independence for women in the 1920s, the model’s purple scarf exposing more hair than the previous decade reflect the change in times.




In the '30s, Sarajy replaces a scarf for a hat as the scarf was banned in Iran. Her curly hair in keeping with the global hair trend at the time and lipstick show a move towards use of cosmetics and global trends.




Sarajy’s bright red lipstick and loose, curly hair indicate a bolder turn towards global fashion inspired by the west at the time. Her smile radiates hope and positive times for women in the country.




The '50s show Sarajy with hair tied back and pink lips replacing the vibrant red in the decade earlier. Her look is reflective of the post-World War II years.




Inspired by the West, Sarajy sports the beehive hair-do. In this decade, she also sports heavier make-up with a brighter blush and flicked eye-liner.




Long, loose waves and heavy make-up define the seventies in Iran. Sarajy looks happy equal ruights in marriage and divorce granted to women in this decade.




A flashback to 1910 following the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and a regress in women’s rights, Sarajy is seen wearing a hijab as covering the head was enforced once again. Oozing repression of the time, the model wears a black scarf completely covering her head and neck. Further, she wears no make-up and looks visibly unhappy.




The Nineties, bring back a smile and coloured scarf. Donning a blue polka-dot scarf exposing more hair than the previous decade, Sarajy appears to be praying... She clasps her hands as if praying for a better future.




Reflective of Iran’s Green Revolution – a struggle to attain human and civil rights the model wears a green hijab and green paint on her cheeks. Sarajy also makes a peace sign with her green-painted fingers.




In the last look, Sarajy's long hair loose falls on her shoulders with a bright red scarf neatly but loosely covering them. Donning subtle make-up, the model smiles meekly.



reality | 6 years ago | Reply Those who say that there are restrictions in Iran. Restriction on what? nothing... just a formal veil in public. thatsit. Iranian are not less than Western. what you see their culture in markets or streets is not same as they are at homes. they extremely open in side home and with their family. You can say that they put temporary veil on their western culture when they come out of their houses. Their Gov. is extremely conservative but public is extremely broad minded.
Ali Reza | 6 years ago | Reply @Johnson: A summary of pseudo-liberal journalistic objectivity. A obviously westoxicated model living in the United States (trying feverishly to gain acceptance within her adopted society) masquerading as someone who represents Iranian society.
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