Styling, Culture and Fashion
Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion explores the social importance of hair, wherever it grows, explaining the cultural significance of hair and hairiness, and presenting a new critical engagement with hair and its stories, histories, performances and rituals.
From heads, legs and underarms, to wigs and beards, and everything in between, the presentation, manipulation and daily experience of human hair plays a central and dynamic role within fashion, self-expression and the creation of social identity. The book's diverse range of cross-cultural essays encompasses the study of hair in fashion, film, art, history, literature, performance and consumer culture.
Offering an accessible mix of visual analysis, cultural commentary and critical theory, Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion will appeal to all those interested in the presentation and analysis of cultural identity and the body.
Geraldine Biddle-Perry is Lecturer, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Sarah Cheang is Senior Lecturer, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Foreword, Caroline Cox
1. Introduction: Thinking About Hair, Geraldine Biddle-Perry And Sarah Cheang
Part One: Histories of Hair On the Head, Face and Body
2. Fashionable Hair In The Eighteenth Century: Theatricality and Display, Louisa Cross,
3. Roots: Hair and Race, Sarah Cheang
4. Revealing and Concealing: Notes and Observations on Eroticism and Female Pubic Hair, Jack Sargeant
5. From Style to Place: The Emergence Of The Hair Salon in the Twentieth Century, Kim Smith
6. The Big Shave: Fashions In Modern Male Facial Hair, Dene October
Part Two: Hair & Identity
7. Hair And Male (Homo) Sexuality: Up Top And Down Below, Shaun Cole
8. Hair, Gender And Looking, Geraldine Biddle-Perry
9. Men's Facial Hair in Islam: A Matter of Interpretation, Faegheh Shirazi
10. Resounding Power Of The Afro Comb, Carol Tulloch
11. Concerning Blondeness: Gender, Ethnicity, Spectacle And Footballers' Waves, Pamela Church-Gibson
12. Hair, devotion and trade in India, Eiluned Edwards
Part Three: Hair in Representation: Film, Art, Fashion, Literature & Performance
13. Hairpieces: Hair, Identity and Memory in the Work of Mona Hatoum, Leila McKellar
14. Hair Without a Head: Disembodiment and The Uncanny, Janice Miller
15. Hair and Fashioned Femininity in Two Nineteenth-Century Novels, Royce Mahawatte.
16. Hair control: The Feminine 'Disciplined Head', Thom Hecht
17. Hair-'Dressing' In Desperate Housewives: Narration, Characterisation, And The Pleasures Of Reading Hair, Rachel Velody
18. Hair Styling In The Fashion Magazine: Nova In The 1970s, Alice Beard
19. Conclusion: Hair and Human Identity, Sarah Cheang and Geraldine Biddle-Perry
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278pp, 80 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
|This work provides an intriguing, interdisciplinary, multifaceted kaleidoscope focused on the universality of hair and its relationship to culture. These studies cover a wide spectrum, such as Hundu ritual tonsuring, African combing, salon styling, Islamic shaving, and aristocratic wigging. Overall, they provide a new lens for understanding the human condition and identity, both the exotic and personal.|
B. B. Chico, CHOICE Magazine