When I first saw this scene in season two of my favoriteshow Mad Men I nearly died!!!!
Its like that beauty parlor was made for me! Those silhouettes displaying different hairstyles! That gorgeous pink and gold! All the lovely texture!
I could definitely see myself working in a salon like this one if I were alive in the 1950’s and 1960’s when women would visit their hair stylist once a week to get their hair washed set and styled for the week.
I loooove silhouettes!!! Can you tell? I had my logo modeled after that fashion Queen Marie Antionette and had it tatooed on my arm as well!
Silhouettes are striking and beautiful and show gorgeous hair dos!
They’re so simple and even the most interesting faces can make beautiful silhouettes. They began as a way for a woman to remember her lovers likeness, she would trace the shadow his face cast on the wall by the light of a candle. Genius right? Who wants to paint a wall with chalkboardpaint and trace their honey’s face straight on it!?? I do!
Silhouettes were known as “shades” or “profiles” in Great Britain, and as “l’art de l’ombre" ("shadow art") in France in the mid 1700’s. The term silhouette is most likely related to either the cheapness or the quickness of the medium. They are thought to have been named silhouettes after the French economist Étienne de Silhouette. Some say he inspired the name because of how cheap and quickly one could make a profile, others say because he was proud of his own well known collection of profiles he made.
However, the most reasonable explanation was that the term silhouette simply became synonymous with cheap in france.
Habits à la Silhouette were men’s waistcoats that had no pockets — cheap not only because it cost less to make garments without pockets (less fabric, less labor), but because not having pockets suggested that you didn’t have money to put in them.
Silhouettes were much faster and cheaper to make than the traditional portraits and were ideal for long distance lovers or travelers to keep likenesses of loved ones.
Auguste Edouart popularized silhouettes in the early 1800’s in England and the US. He made full length portraits and scenes of all walks of life.
Have you ever had your silhouette done?
Here’s mine from last fall when I was at Disneyland and when I had long hair and wore a big bun on top of my head every day!
This style was not just worn by adventerous flappers in the 1920’s, popuarized by miss Louise Brooks but was reinvented later by Vidal Sassoon in the 1960’s, worn by Peggy Moffitt.
Don’t you just love how the simple cut makes such a chic look!?
It’s one of my personal favorites. Here I am sporting it at my best gal pal Merrill Melideo's wedding!
That’s me on the left in the orange!
Women in the 1920’s were rebelling against the pre-war Victorian society, feeling out of place in their old looks, by sporting hair short enough for a man to wear! Some advertisments starting urging women not to cut their hair as it woud deem them unfeminine!
Back then women’s hairstylists were only accustomed to curling and styling long hair that all their clients started going to the barber shops to lop off their precious locks they had so painstakingly grown!
There are the women getting haircuts right next to the men!
There were even trimmers sold to women to take on the go and touch up their neck hairs!
And for all you curly girls out there, here’s a gorgeous version!
And here’s my lovely gal pal Merrill rocking her modern yet Zelda Fitzgerald inspired bob, with an ombre color to boot!