Fashion Fact #12 -False Eyelashes

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Fashion Fact #12 -False Eyelashes

In 1916, false eyelashes were created by American director D.W. Griffith for actress Seena Owen. As Griffith needed a dramatic effect, the first false eyelashes were quite long and made of human hair and gauze weaved together. False eyelashes then became the staple in Hollywood. Way back in the nineteen thirties and forties, at the time when black and white movies were at their peak, several actresses wore these types of eyelashes, such as Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, and Marlene Dietrich. In the 1960s, Twiggy, who was then known as a famous model, created false eyelashes as part of the Mod look. Soon after Twiggy wore human hair lashes, housewives also started wearing them. Following that, the use of hair eyelashes has become really popular that even Las Vegas showgirls and drag queens were wearing them.