Thursday, October 18, 2012


Get This Look: Hairdressers

Leonard Autie

Before Cher, Beyonce, RuPaul, or Rihanna, there was Leonard. Though conflicting accounts report his last name as being Autier, Antier, or Antiers, Marie Antoinette’s coiffer was known back in the day as simply Leonard — "Monsieur Leonard" if you are, you know, nasty. The Ken Paves of the 18th century subscribed to the more-is-more school of hair-care. The ‘more’ in this case being his infamous ‘pouf’ hairstyle, which required excessive amounts of false hair, all manner of lotions and potions, metal wires to frame it, horsehair padding to act as a far, far grosser precursor to the ‘Bumpit,’ and you know, the odd birdcage. Popularized by the doomed Queen, Leonard’s hairstyles were expensive, extravagant, and borderline insane. Modern historians* often speculate as to whether or not Leonard was, in fact, inebriated when he worked on his clients' hair. Surely “I'm going to put a small ship on her head” only seems logical should the hairdresser in question be stoking a killer champagne buzz.

*Me and a guy I cornered once at a party.

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Denise McAdam

British Royalty has long had a “thing” for the Scots. Edward I had William Wallace, Queen Victoria had her trusty manservant John Brown, and Queen Elizabeth II (the personage, not the boat) has Denise McAdam, her long-time personal hairdresser. She’s not just the Queen’s go-to tress-setter (I am so sorry that I just wrote tress-setter, but I mean, it’s out there now), she’s also the reason Prince William has embraced his bald patch rather than going down the path of the Donald, from which there is no return. Find the familia Windsor slightly too stodgy to be impressed? She also was responsible for Grace Kelly’s brand of Hollywood meets Royal glamour. Not to mention that she’s Sade’s favorite hairdresser, which is a delight and begs the question: when working with her, do you think she requests that her own smooth jams play to best create an environment supportive of follicle splendor? Denise McAdam may seem buttoned up, but this Scottish wench is so good at a cream rinse and a set that she got a goddamn medal for it.

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Sweeney Todd

Known by his friends as the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street,’ this diabolical barber has enjoyed a storied life on page, stage, and screen since 1864. While you might best know Todd as played by Len Cariou on Broadway or by Johnny Depp in my pants the popular feature film, Todd’s story — that of a murderous barber who’d slaughter his patrons and use their corpses to fill meat pies — hit the presses as a popular penny dreadful in the mid-19th century. The dreadful was in turn based on a popular English urban legend. The French have their version as well, only it features a wigmaker instead of a men’s barber, because of course it does. Though a cold-blood killer, it was widely asserted that when not going for the jugular, Todd was known to provide a clean, close shave sure to sweep even your under-age ward off her feet.

Get This Look: Stardust Leather Skirt by Friend of Mine, Seamless Red Bandeau Bra, Charlotte Russe, Collar Suspenders, Rojas, Patent Leather Combat Boot, Wet Seal, Razor Blade Lariat, Lynn Ban.

Next Week: Ghosts!

Previously: Fascists.


Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn. She's an editor at Fempop, and spends a large amount of her time pretending to be a mildly evil cat on the internet.

22 Comments / Post A Comment


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Those hummingbird leggings are simply astonishing.


My hairdresser is bald. I find that very poetic.


@SlightlyOverboard It means he knows the value of simplicity

Sella Turcica

@Megano! My hairdresser is my boyfriend and he's bald. We share shaving cream.


Regarding Sweeney Todd and straight razors: Even though I've had short hair for years, I've been too nervous to venture into the largely male-dominated land of barber shops. I guess I was nervous that some ass would boot me out, all "THIS IS A MAN SPACE, LADY" but anyway, I finally went to one, none of the dudes even blinked, and it was amazing.

The barber did this thing where he put a hot towel on the back of my neck and then lathered it up and shaved it with a straight razor and it felt awesome. Then he put some aftershave on it and brushed it with some powder and honestly, it was the most luxurious thing I've experienced in ages. And it all cost $22!

If you know a barber who isn't connected to the meat-pie making business, GO FOR IT.


The Ken Paves of the 18th century

I die.


Leonard was putting birds on things before it was cool.


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George Templeton Strong

Female members of the French nobility (and wannabes) used to entwine small ships in their wigs to celebrate French naval victories. The French were crazy. They used to celebrate successful battles by inventing commemorative sauces, too. Supposedly mayonnaise was created to celebrate a victory over the English at Port Mahon, in Minorca. And I wince every time I see an American flag lapel pin. Imagine getting on the subway and seeing a woman with a replica of Osama bin Laden's lair in her updo.


@George Templeton Strong "Commemorative sauce": phrase of the day!

You could make an updated pre-revolutionary French Lady Halloween costume by getting a powdered wig and sticking some model drones on it.


@George Templeton Strong
omg, I would like to have a million bucks and perform this costume. particularly with the metallic lanvin loafers linked. they are uncannily 18th c. and little hummingbird drones in formation plus a helicopter in my hair!


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