A Recent History of Fashion . . . Eras of Style
The major movements in fashion have followed almost precisely a 30 year cycle ... 1890, 1920, 1950, 1980 and 2010. Each period take 15 years to rise from the first introduction of a 'trend", to it's full development as a major style.
Looking closer, you can see that the "80s" fashion actually started around 1965, with the introduction of scissor cutting and blow drying, and the styles of Vidal Sassoon. This was the handwriting on the wall for the weekly set styles of the "50s", which rose to their highest in the mid-1960s.
The style of today (2010 styles) started close to15 years earlier in the late1990s/early 2000s with "Emo Fashion", which was a reinvention of the 80s Punk Style ... where pink replaced red and black. Victoria Beckham was the darling of the fashion world in 2006-2007, and Rihanna (2005-2013) grabbed the spotlight immediately following, adding strength to the movement.
You might say that the current fashion is an amalgamation of inspiration drawn from Emo, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, and others.
But there is no doubt that the look is here to stay, and represents today's fashion ... artistic, bold, un-natural, fun!
Each time fashion has moved ahead, there are individuals who are left behind, and this is especially true with the dawning of a major fashion era. Some will not understand the new trends, and be more confortable sticking with the 'tried and true" However, there will be many who never anticipated falling into the trap of becoming a fashion "senior citizen". Leisure World (Laguna Woods) has been dominated by the weekly set generation for many years ... that is slowly changing, and it won't be long until the community is filled with the 80s generation. If you would liek to know the best way to stay current, without feeling silly ... here is my ADVICE
The era of blow-drying and "precision cutting", which started in the mid-1960s (mid-way between the 50s and 80s)
This was ... big and eccentric hair styles popularized by film and music stars, in particular amongst teenagers. There was generally an excessive amount of mousse used in styling an individual's hair which resulted in a desired shiny look and greater volume, some mousse even contained glitter. Hairsprays such as AquaNet were also used in excess such as hard rock band Poison. The Mullet existed in several different styles, all characterized by hair short on the sides and long in the back. Mullets were popular in suburban and rural areas among working class men. This contrasted with a conservative look favored by business professionals, with neatly groomed short hair for men and sleekly straight hair for women
“If I was going to be in hairdressing I wanted to change things. I wanted to eliminate the superfluous and get down to the basic angles of cut and shape.”
His signature style, the five point cut, was modelled by Grace Coddington and Mary Quant. Shaking off the heavy helmet hair of the 1960s, he created “wash and wear” hairstyles for the modern woman.
"I was working with Vidal Sassoon at a show in Paris and created The Wedge on stage. The model was mobbed and I realized if I could do it once I could do it again. That is when my career really took off. It was a mistake that went right. I was trying to do a one-length cut and make the perimeter like a helmet. I didn't think the French would like it as it wasn't feminine enough. So I blow-dried it and brushed it off her face and it just happened. It was a cut for the 70s club scene and could be worn by men or women. It was the first haircut to get a double-page spread in Vogue."
1974 The Wedge by Trevor Sorbie (for Vidal Sassoon)
The first haircut with a brushed back approach was don by Darrill Benson in August 1972, (if you cut it forward it will go back!) on a model called Jacky at a "soirée" in Bond street. followed by a cut from Christopher Brooker called Gigi that was all brushed back . Then Christopher Brooker did the haircut called THE FALL on model Moira Swan.
Fire-fly was cut in April 1973. Then came the DEFINITE image of the WEDGE by Trevor Sorbie.
THE ORIGINAL WEDGE LOOK WAS INSPIRED BY ROXY MUSIC LEGEND \"THE GREAT BRYAN FERRY\" WHO WAS THE LADIES POP IDOL OF THE DAY, & WAS INFACT INVENTED & CULTURED BY HAIRDRESSING LEGEND ,,THE GREAT TREVOR SORBIE BACK IN 1974.
HERE IS WHAT TREVOR HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS UNIQUE AND EXPERIMENTAL HAIRCUT DESIGN....
The Wedge 1974
"By the late 70's, London's fashion scene was exploding. Sassoon had revolutionized women's hairdressing by re-inventing the bob. Before that, hair had been worn up, either in bouffant or beehives, but the loose flat hair of Sassoon era signaled a new beginning. I joined Sassoon's and my big break came when I created a haircut which I called The Wedge. This was the first hairdressing picture to be published as a double-page spread in Vogue magazine. Seeing my work in print was inspirational. The Wedge captured the spirit of the time and was flaunted in nightclubs around the world. I now understood the power of invention. If I could achieve this once, then surely I could do it again?"
Contrary to some popular opinion, Trevor did not invent the wedge specifically for Dorothy. However it is true that when Dorothy was photographed wearing the short, sassy, "girl next store" style during her 1976 Olympics gold medal win, she catapulted the style into a major hair happening in the United States.
During this same Hamill "Wedge" time period in the United States the Bo Derek beaded cornrows from the movie 10 and the long Farrah "winged layered cut" from the TV show Charlie's Angels were the other hot popular styles.
Madonna, Linda Grey ("Dallas"), Flock of Seagulls & Joan Jett
Exclusively long hair, which was almost always worn in elaborate "up-dos".