14 April, 2011


Veillavouz presents a collection of vintage veils made by Malaysian designers to cater especially for local and regional demands. Commonly known as bird cage veil, cage veil, face veil, cage blusher, or pouf veil, they are increasingly popular among fashion-forward Asian women who opt for classy, sophisticated and high fashion look.

These veils can be worn as a wedding veil, bridesmaids veil, or just as a decorative headpiece for everyday glamour! You can pair your birdcage veil with a hair flower clip or feather fascinator hair piece for even more style and impact. Cage veils are a ton of fun to wear, and go with so many different styles of dresses and gowns. Indeed, they accentuate your feminine flair with more elegance.   

Vintage birdcage veils come in several different styles and lengths.  They may be worn on the front of the face, or cover the entire head.  As far as the length goes, the netting may come down to cover one or both eyes, down to the nose or chin, or even cover the entire face--it is entirely a matter of choice and what looks good to you. Please view our Best Selling Veils for specifications and pricing. 

Custom made veils are also available at Veillavouz. This allows  you to  perfectly match your  veils to your wedding theme and colours. Depending on the style desired, the vintage birdcage veils may feature two side combs for attaching the veil to each side of the head (using 9 inch netting), or they may also be attached to a single comb for placement in the center or top of the head, or on just one side (using 12 inch or 18 inch netting). You may select a style with one comb and attach it at the top center of your head, or off to one side, allowing just one eye to peek through.  Or you may request a detachable veil style attached to a bridal headband or hair clip. They may also be attached to a hat or hair ornament such as a feather fascinator or hair flower.  Other things that you may need are a few hair pins that help to adjust the length and placement of the veil on your face. It is very easy to wear, so try it to believe it!

With all this versatility, a bird cage veil can be a substitute for a full length traditional wedding veil, with that sassy and fresh attitude that is somehow both vintage and modern all at the same time.  But cage veils are not necessarily for the brides only. If you're looking for bridesmaids veils that don't detract too much attention away from the bride, a small cage veil or blusher veil is a great choice. Create different looks by wearing different hair flower or feather fascinator. This is what makes it so unique- you can achieve one of a kind style and set yourself apart from ordinary brides wearing a common veil.   

While the birdcage veil has a definite retro or vintage flair, the truth is that the practice of wearing veils and headpieces has been around for centuries!  Veils have been worn to represent both virginity, as well as to evoke a sense of mystery and sensuality.  And the birdcage veil is one of the most versatile of all, because it can be worn for many different occasions.

For a brief history of vintage birdcage veils, do read the following text courtesy of Wikipedia.com: 

The first recorded instance of veiling for women is recorded in an Assyrian legal text from the 13th century BCE, which restricted its use to noble women and forbade prostitutes and common women from adopting it. Greek texts have also spoken of veiling and seclusion of women being practiced among the Persian elite. Statues from depict women both veiled and unveiled, and it seems to be regarded as an attribute of higher status.

Classical Greek and Hellenistic statues sometimes depict Greek women with both their head and face covered by a veil. Caroline Galt and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones have both argued from such representations and literary references that it was commonplace for women (at least those of higher status) in ancient Greece to cover their hair and face in public.

For many centuries, until around 1175, Anglo-Saxon and then Anglo-Norman women, with the exception of young unmarried girls, wore veils that entirely covered their hair, and often their necks up to their chins (see wimple). Only in the Tudor period (1485), when hoods became increasingly popular, did veils of this type become less common.

For centuries, women have worn sheer veils, but only under certain circumstances. Sometimes a veil of this type was draped over and pinned to the bonnet or hat of a woman in, especially at the funeral and during the subsequent period of "high mourning". They would also have been used, as an alternative to a mask, as a simple method of hiding the identity of a woman who was traveling to meet a lover, or doing anything she didn't want other people to find out about. More pragmatically, veils were also sometimes worn to protect the complexion from sun and wind damage (when un-tanned skin was fashionable), or to keep dust out of a woman's face, much as the keffiyeh is used today.

Conversely, veils are often part of the stereotypical image of the courtesan and harem woman. Here, rather than the virginity of the bride's veil, modesty of the Muslim scarf or the piety of the nun's headdress, the mysterious veil hints at sensuality and the unknown. (Source: Wikipedia).

In the modern day, veils are worn primarily as an accessory, for expressing a sense of drama and fashion to spice up an outfit.  So, to pull off this classy look, you need to wear your birdcage veil with attitude!  You can wear a veil any day, if your personality and sense of style permits it, but commonly, veils are worn for formal events when extraordinary adornment is desirable such as weddings, costume parties, theme-based functions and high society events, and so on.  If you have an occasion to wear a veil, then by all means, take advantage of the opportunity and have fun with it. You will be amazed at how just a tiny piece of Russian netting can completely transform your appearance and boost your confidence at the same time.   

 Birdcage veils are a little less formal, than the lengthy veil for weddings.  They are a fabulous option for the modern woman who is willing to express her individuality and uniqueness.  There is something so dramatic and alluring about a tiny swatch of netting draped over the eye!   It adds a little something to complete your ensemble and draw attention to your eyes and face, without being too "over the top". 

They can be worn with all styles of gown, from short, tea length, and informal gowns, to full length bridal gowns.  Plus, for an informal wedding or a less formal wedding gown, the bird cage veil is a perfect match that won't overwhelm a simple gown or elegant understated style.  This is also a perfect choice for bachelorette party veil. Best of all, this is the perfect style whether you have short hair or long hair, and whether you are young or old, tall or short. Long veils look a little bit awkward on petite sized Asians, don’t you think?

To sum it up, birdcage veils are fabulous, flirty, and fun.  Enjoy this return of a vintage classic, and enjoy feeling thoroughly modern and stylish.