Get ahead, get a tiara

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 April, 2006, 12:00am

Tiaras aren't just for blue-blooded royals and beauty queens, according to Beatrice de Plinval (right), curator of the Chaumet museum in Paris. The French historian was brought to Hong Kong for a lunch lecture ahead of her plans to set up shop locally.

As Ms de Plinval explains, tiaras were the must-have accessory during the Belle Epoque period in late 19th-century France. If she had her way, they would become as trendy as pint-sized pooches and handbags. But realistically, she's not sure.

'Of course, I would like to see it make a comeback, but I think it depends on the country. You could expect to see more opulent accessories such as jewelled little hairpieces. But tiaras? I'm not so sure.'

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Additional reporting by Lauren Crothers