LONDON, Feb 27, 2012/ — With “The Artist” winning Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards, the 1920s once again took center stage in popular culture.

Set in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932, “The Artist” focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.

With most of the film itself being silent except for the non-diegetic soundtrack, the costume played a bigger role than usual in telling the story as it had to compliment the actors “acting” sans voice.

And since the film was shot in black and white and in the older 4:3 aspect ratio (making this a true period piece), extra care was obviously given to hair and make-up with the revolutionary hair styles of the 1920s in mind.

As we become more entrenched with the 2010s, the 1920s seem so far away; yet it continues to titillate our imagination. Dubbed by historians as “the party decade”, the 1920s witnessed the major transition of women’s hairstyles.

From the traditional long hair styles of the 19th century, the 1920s brought “the bob”, a new short hair style that began as simple short and straight bobbed hair to the more interesting and feminine bobs with curls and waves.

The bob had never gone out of style since then, although it had undergone so many permutations in the past hundred years. And thanks to ghd with its wide assortment of hair care line that range from hair straightener to spritz and sprays, the 1920s style is within easy reach.


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