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The Secret (And Not So Secret) History Of Choker Necklaces
The choker necklace has a long and storied history. You’ll find examples of it centuries ago in Chinese, Native American, Indian, and Egyptian cultures. Let’s take a look at some of the choker’s historic highlights…
1798: Political dress during the French Revolution.
During the French Revolution, women took to wearing red ribbons around their necks to pay homage to those who met their death at the guillotine. The ribbon could be worn around the neck, or another fashion came in the form of an X around the shoulders and back.
1874: But ballerinas and fashionable ladies wore them too.
Some of history’s most famous chokers can be found in Degas’ ballerina paintings, of which he did many in the 1870s and 1880s.
Late 1800s: Upscale chokers are markers of the elite.
The term dog collars or colliers de chien catches on, and these designs — incorporating luxe diamonds, pearls, lace, and velvet — can be seen as objects of the elite because the best kinds were custom-made to fit one’s neck perfectly. No one likes a droopy choker!