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Vanity & Mirrors

What are Vanities?


Vanities are a world-wide phenomenon in women's fashion. Vanities started in Paris and quickly grew to be a worldwide trend. Vanities, also known as dressing tables, were made by the French who wanted to make an elegant piece of furniture for their homes. This rudimentary form of beauty storage took a formal turn in the late 17th century, where a flourishing European aristocracy took the art of getting ready to the next level. Their popularity can, by some degree, be attributed to perhaps the most famous vanity connoisseur of her time — and a style trendsetter for centuries to come, Madame de Pompadour. Vanities were built for the most precious of goods: makeup and jewels. Vanities then evolved into a more functional piece in the 19th and 20th century where they became an object to be used on a daily basis. They still remained their grandeur, but changed function to fulfill our modern needs.