Hair may be mere matter growing naturally from our bodies, yet we believe its shaping can shift our destinies - let’s face it, a poor haircut can blight the next six months. Whether curled, dyed, shaved or straightened, hair remains a potent force and there are many definitive moments in its history. Caroline Cox will trace the chronology of hair fashion throughout the 20th and 21st centuries placing the featured cuts, colours and techniques in their cultural context.
Caroline Cox is an international authority on fashion history and works as a International Trends Advisor for Sassoon Academy as well as lecturing and broadcasting throughout the world. Her books on fashion history have been published internationally and for her outstanding contribution to Cultural History, Caroline was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Arts, London.
When & Where
Fashion Cultures returns to the Merchant City Festival with an exciting programme dedicated to the tools of adornment: perfume, hair and make-up.
The programme will recognise that fashion isn’t just an object or a retail experience but is a rich economy and culture that impacts upon all sectors of society. It will be a celebration of the role that perfume, hair and make-up play within the culture of Glasgow, the pleasure that people take in dressing up and going out, as well as the politics of adornment and enhancement.
The festival programme will move beyond a straightforward series of retail events to include workshops, film screenings, talks, exhibitions and performances all with the aim of providing an embodied approach to engagement with the programme that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.