There have always been "trendsetters" when it comes to hairstyles and over the last 100 years there are several women easily identified with their eras as the "trendsetter". These women not only made style contributions; but in some cases made political and social statements, as well as crossed societal divisions.
1920's - It was the jazz age, the roaring 20's, and women were making a social statement after breaking off from the rigid Victorian way of life. Women were discarding their corsets, raising their hemlines and cutting off their hair and adopting more masculine looks. It was during this time that Louisa Brooks, an American dancer and actress, popularized the bobbed haircut.
1930's - It was the Great Depression and Mae West was one of the more controversial actresses of her time. Her movie career did not launch until she was 38 years old and can be attributed to her rewriting all her lines in her first small part and winning over movie goers with her out-spokeness. She was a glamorous starlet with moxy and her finger waves continue to be iconic.
1940's - WWII began and ended during this era causing shortages in everything including bobby pins. So you could say Betty Grable's victory rolls were designed out of necessity. Victory rolls got their name from the fighter plane maneuvers of WWII. The planes created an exhaust roll that remained in the sky after leaving the area and inspired many patriotic civilians to adopt the the name in honour of the soldiers returning home.
1950's - Bettie Mae Page was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups", her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark bangs have influenced artists for generations. And continues to influence modern day artists such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga.
1960's - Twiggy's pixie cut made a statement all it's own. Setting the mod modeling world on fire. Lesley Hornby -- better known as Twiggy -- went from pretty teen model to the international symbol of sexy '60s androgyny with a few quick snips of the scissors. Twiggy's stylized pixie continues to influence short women's styles today.
1970's - No one will ever forget Farrah Fawcett's iconic sexy feathered hair. During a decade where the shag, Afro and bouffant were most requested in hair salons, Fawcett’s feathered waves were quite refreshing -- adding a new meaning to femininity.
1980's - From the bangs that reached for the heavens with frizzy passion, to the extremely asymmetrical new wave social hair statement, to the funky side ponytails walking hair-in-hair with the mullets, hairstyles in the 1980s were about excess, experimentation, and enough hairspray to protect our heads when the Russians dropped the bomb. Madonna easily encompassed all these looks during the '80s and set off a revolution with her ever-changing hairstyles.
1990's - Everybody wanted "The Rachel" haircut in the '90s -- Jennifer Aniston's shag layered cut had to be the #1 requested haircut in salons across the nation. You could say "Friends" made her famous, but many would argue it was her haircut. Hard to believe, Jennifer thinks this is the ugliest haircut she ever had.
2000's - Victoria Beckham a.k.a. Posh Spice made headlines when she debuted her angled graduated bob in 2006. It's even been coined as a "pob" (Posh + bob). What sets this hairstyle apart is that it is short in back and long in front and gives women the best of both worlds.
Twenty-Tens - We are in the midst of this decade, so time will only tell who will be this era's trendsetter. If I had to make a guess, here are my votes for front runners: (1) Drew Barrymore's ombre; and (2) Jennifer Lawrence's character in "The Hunger Games" Katniss Everdeen's braid.
Who do you think will be this decade's trendsetter? Or perhaps we haven't seen it yet.
Posted on Mon, May 13, 2013
by cguerra filed under