Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Bob Haircut: Yesterday And Today


Historically, women in the west have usually worn their hair long. Although actresses and a few "advanced" or fashionable women had worn short hair even before World War I.  For example, in 1910 the French actress Polaire is described as having "a shock of short, dark hair", a cut she appears to have adopted in the early 1890s.  Her style was not considered very respectable until given impetus by the inconvenience of long hair to girls engaged in war work.

Louise Brooks
Popularized by film stars Louise Brooks in the early 1920s, Brooks' hair framed her beautiful face perfectly, and helped turn her into a superstar.  It was then seen as a somewhat shocking statement of independence and a sign  of being "liberated".
Older people were used to seeing girls wearing long dresses and heavy Edwardian-style hair. Hairdressers, whose training was mainly in arranging and curling long hair, were slow to realize that short styles for women had arrived.  Soon barbers in many cities would find lines of women waiting outside their shops, waiting to be shorn of hair that had taken many years to grow.

Coco Chanel was definitely a spokeswoman and influential in getting bobbed hair rolling. She cut her hair in the bob style in 1917, long before the look became popular. (I love Channel)
"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!"
Coco Chanel

As early as 1922 the fashion correspondent of The Times was suggesting that bobbed hair was passé; however by the mid 1920s the Bob style had taken on many various versions, often worn with a side parts, curled or waved.   In 1924 the razor cut shingle bob was introduced, it featured hair cut close at the nape of the neck .
 Wikipedia and other sources:

Kate Bosworh
The Bob hair cut is one of those classics hairstyles that seem to never go out of style. No matter what the current fashion does, it is always a part of it.  Today the bob is back bigger than ever it is seen on fashion runway to everyday life.  It is worn by movie stars with a flair for vintage glamour.

My Vintage Hair combs are in style today for weddings or to bring back a little "Forgotten Glamour."  You can wear it for a night on the town or you can dress it down with jeans and a sweater.  You can find these items in the Vintage Closet on my web site,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Great Gatsby

First there was the novel.

From the Wikipedia entry:
The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922.
The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol, made millionaires out of bootleggers.

Then there was a great motion picture.

The summary from IMDB:
The movie the Great Gatsby was made 1974 Directed by Jack Clayton starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black.
Written by Francis Ford Coppola Director Jack Clayton
Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

The Roaring Twenties was a time for women to let their hair down and have a lot of fun drinking, dancing, smoking, and staying out late on the arms of their gentleman friends. It was a time of great style. The 20's gave us some great fashion that is still worn today.

Mia Farrow as Daisy
Daisy Today

The suits worn by Robert Redford yesterday and today.

Robert Redford as Jay

Jay Today

Daisy's jewelry is from a long gone era but it still lives today in my designs. This is a long pearl necklace with four strands of glamorous white pearls and a Napier gold chain. A bold encrusted medallion with vintage jewelry, looks like it came out of the 20's. I can picture Mia wearing this one.

Aug 20, 2011 in Orlando Florida (Wish I could go)


The First Post of My New Blog

Each week I am going to bring some stories of fashion.  I design and love Vintage Jewelry pieces but this blog will be more than that.  I also love to talk about the latest trends in clothes, accessories, styles, any much more.  I have a lot of ideas but I'm going to try to pace myself so that this blog grows into a fun collection of interesting stories.  As I gain followers I hope to bring you featured products and designs from guest designers.