Wednesday 19th May 2010
* In the 1920s women suddenly had more freedom and were more able and there was a huge change in the hairstyle fashions. * There had just been a war and because men had gone to fight, many jobs that men would have usually done, were now being done by women. * When men returned home, women didn’t want to give up these roles. * Women were given the right to vote in this period and were finally able to support themselves by working and having their own wage. * ‘Celebrity’ was taken on a whole new era as well with the development of film and photography; women were now copying the styles of actresses, singers and dancers such as Louise Brookes, Clare Bow and Marion Davies. * A popular style was the Eton Crop. Wikipedia says –
The Eton crop is a type of short, slicked-down crop hairstyle for women. It became popular during the 1920s because it was ideal to showcase the shape of cloche hats. It was worn by Josephine Baker, among others. The name is supposed to derive from its similarity to a hairstyle popular with schoolboys at Eton. The Eton crop appears to have emerged in Britain in the mid-1920s: the first use of the phrase in The Times is in September 1926. It was a severe hairstyle, emphasising the shape of the head and focusing interest on the face. By June 1927 Margot Asquith, Lady Oxford, was deriding it: "Women with neither backs nor tops to their heads, and faces as large as hams, appear at the King's Drawing Rooms with the nuque of their necks blue from shaving..". By 1930 it seems to have become outmoded among the most fashionable. A critic reviewing a collection of society portraits notes: "Hairdressing is in a state of transition. There is an Eton crop, there are many soft shingles, and there are a few heads where the hair is being let grow." * The 1920s was unique in hair history and saw the birth of the Flapper' era, shown by women with very short hair, brave new...
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