Cut Video's latest episode of 100 Years of Beauty — a series exploring how style has changed in a variety of cultures over time — gives us a glimpse into the transforming trends and traditions present in Syrian women's clothing.
Fashion can reflect the beliefs, values, and culture of the dresser. This is particularly evident in Syria's beauty trends because the country has experienced many periods of political instability in the past 100 years.
In the video, we can see how these periods of instability, and those who governed over Syria at the time, influenced women's style.
In the 1930s, Syria became a colony of France. "Most Syrians see the French as occupiers, a rift forms between those that see Syria as sovereign (the Sunni majority) and those that benefit from France's presence (Alawite Shias)," the creators of the video wrote on their Pinterest page. "European influence floods in. The Syrian media is dominated by images of Western beauty and the foreign regime gives these images more cache."
The model was styled with a fancy up-do, pearl earrings, and bright, pink lipstick.
In the 1960s, Syria experiences a Socialist uprising. "For a few years in the late 1960s, the transition is bumpy, though bloodless, as the country realigns itself to a strict, socialist paradigm," the creators write. "The new party spurs artistic and social movements as reactions—both positive and negative — to the Socialist uprising."
The model is styled in heavy black eyeliner, a nude lipstick, and a colorful, patterned headscarf.
When we get to present decade, the country is in the midst of a violent civil war. "The current civil war is less about maintaining a Syrian republic and more about a redefinition of the Syrian identity completely," they wrote.
The model is styled with no makeup, fully covered in a black hijab, and has the Syrian Arab Republic flag painted on her fingertips. She holds these fingertips up in a peace sign to the camera.
You can watch more of the transitions in the video below:
To learn more about these looks and the decisions behind them, check out Cut Video's Pinterest page with side-by-side comparisons.