A Century of Hairstyles

A Century of Hairstyles

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Nothing defines a person like their hairstyle - and what a century it has been for hair! Bangs, bobs, buns, beehives and bouffants have vied with pixie cuts, pin curls, perms and pageboys for ascendancy in an ever-changing parade of ladies' looks and trends, and amongst the men we've seen caesers, comb overs, ducktails, faux hawks, flattops, quiffs and slick backs. From the Edwardian era through the seismic changes of the 1920s and '60s, and including every quirky twist hair history took on its way to the turn of the millennium, this book is a lush visual survey of a hundred years of hairstyles.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 140 x 140 x 15.24mm | 246g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 b/w; 30 col
  • 0747813728
  • 9780747813729
  • 833,612

Table of contents


Camille Clifford, Gibson Girl c. 1905; Irene Castle and the Bob c. 1910-15; Madame C. J. Walker, Entrepreneur c. 1914; Rupert Brooke's Long Hair c. 1915

Rudolph Valentino 1920; Louise Brooks: The Iconic Bob 1929; Marcel of Paris Beauty Shop c. 1929-35; British Beauties 1929

Antoine: Shingles, Curls and 'La Garçonne' c. 1930; Learning to Perm 1930; Jean Harlow, Platinum Blonde 1930; Hair Care and Beauty 1931; Modern Barbership, Chicago 1931; Ordinary Styles 1935; Sensible Hair: The Snood 1939

The Page Boy Haircut 1941; Veronica Lake: 'Peek-a-Boo' 1942; Rita Hayworth c. 1945
Hairstyle Competition in Paris 1946; Sarah Vaughan 1947; Jane Wyman 1948

Audrey Hepburn c. 1950-3; Mr. Teasy Weasy at Work 1952; Alexandre de Paris: Celebrity Stylist 1953; Evening Chic: Dior's New Look c. 1955; James Dean 1955
Tony Curtis c. 1955; Mirror, Mirror 1958; Military Crew Cuts and Buzz Cuts 1959

Wash and Wear Wigs c. 1960; Jacqueline Kennedy 1960; Helena Rubenstein Salon 1961; Hairdressing Contests: the Beehive 1963; Vidal Sassoon 1963; Mod Style: The Small Faces 1966; Rolling Stones Fans: Hair Goes Long 1969

The Afro: Marsha Hunt 1970; Glam Locks and Looks: Marc Bolan 1973
The Farrah Flip 1977

Punk and Mohawks c. 1980-2; New Romantics: Duran Duran 1981; Princess Di 1983
Cornrows and Dreads: Stevie Wonder 1984; Big Hair, Small Screen 1985; Catwalk Shows 1985

The Rachel 1995

Hairstyle in the City 2001; David Beckham, Metrosexuality Personified 2002
Emo and Its Aftermath 2007; Contemporary Retro Hairstyles c. 2010

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About Pamela Church Gibson

Pamela Church Gibson teaches courses in the social history and imagery of beauty and fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. She is the author of Fashion and Celebrity Culture (2011) and has published widely on the topic of film and fashion.
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