Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion

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This book 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 ...

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Overview

This book 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845207922
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,341,932
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH CHEANG is Senior Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. GERALDINE BIDDLE-PERRY is Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Caroline Cox
• Introduction: Thinking About Hair, Geraldine Biddle-Perry And Sarah Cheang
• Part One: The History of Hair On (and Off) the Hea
• 1. Fashionable Hair In The Eighteenth Century, Louisa Cross
• 2 Hair, Femininity And Status In The Nineteenth Century, Royce Mahawatte
• 3. The Emergence Of The Hair Salon In The Twentieth Century, Kim Smith
• 4. A History Of Pubic Hair, Jack Sargeant
• 5. Hair Without a Head: Disembodiment and The Uncanny, Janice Miller
• 6. The Big Shave: The Domestication of Men's Shaving in the Twentieth Century, Dene October
• Part Two: Hair & Identity
• 7. Hair, Gender And Looking, Geraldine Biddle-Perry
• 8. Hair and Sexuality, Shaun Cole
• 9. Hair and Race, Sarah Cheang
• 10. Black Identity And Afro Combs, Carol Tulloch
• 11. Hair In India: Devotion and Trade, Eiluned Edwards
• 12. Men's Facial Hair in Islam: A Matter of Interpretation, Faegheh Shirazi
• 13. Controlling the Locks: Disciplined Hair and Femininity, Thom Hecht
• Part Three: Hair in Fashion, Art, Film & Performance
• 14. Narration, Characterisation and Hair 'Dressing' in Desperate Housewives, Rachel Velody
• 15. Hair Styling in the Fashion Magazine: Nova in the 1970s, Alice Beard
• 16. Blonde Bombshells on Screen and on the Pitch:
• History, Symbolic Construction and Seduction, Pamela Church-Gibson
• 17. Hairpieces: Hair, Identity and Memory in the Work of Mona Hatoum, Leila McKellar
• Afterword: Hair In Practice
• Notes and Bibliography

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