While modern actresses and pop-singers are sporting pastel and ombre hair color, this video from British Pathé shows that they're not the first to dye their hair in Easter egg hues. These colorful styles from 1956 are the work of British hairdresser Raymond Bessone (1911-1992), also known as Mr. Teasie-Weasie for his deft work with a comb. The models in their evening gowns turn their heads in stately slow-motion and the orchestral music swells as Mr. Bessone adds his masterful touch to their hair. Clearly this was Serious Fashion.
I don't believe sea-foam green hair ever really caught on in the 1950s. But I was fascinated to see that one model in this clip is also sporting green nail polish - another fashion that's made a fresh appearance in the 21st century. Once again, when it comes to fashion, what's old is new.
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There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.