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Hairstyles and Fashion

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Also available in hardback, 9781859732175 GBP50.00 (April, 1999)

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Steven Zdatny West Virginia University


'The evolution of fashion is driven by "some internal logic of mind and eye" rather than by sex or functional considerations [for Steven Zdatny]. It is a proposition which readers may test for themselves, both in Zdatny's sharp, stimulating introduction and in the main business of this engaging, handsomely illustrated book: the pensees of Emile Long, a Parisian coiffeur de dames ... Tut-tutting, sniffily pompous and snobbish, Emile Long ... lights up the social history of his times.' TLS 'Since January, when the Washington Post persuaded him to untangle the significance of Paula Jones's sleek hair makeover, Steven Zdatny has reigned as this country's most quoted expert on 'the aesthetics and politics of hair'.' Lingua Franca 'At first sight a study of fashionable hairdressing might seem an unlikely topic for academic attention. However, as Steven Zdatny's collection illustrates, even a hairstyle can offer valuable historical insights, especially since this aspect of material culture comes already loaded with symbolism and cultural meaning. ' French History 'This book leads us to discoveries of Belle Epoque trends, and immerses us in a strikingly interesting world.' New Zealand Journal of French Studies

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