John Galliano's spring/summer 2010 haute couture collection for Christian Dior

I really don’t know what to think about a certain photo or runway look until I’ve written about it. It’s only then when I have dissected every thought that I can begin to see clearly. How I do this is by finding the reference points in my own mind and piece them together.

So here it goes.

My understanding of fashion, in particular Haute Couture, is supposed to be theatre, when does fashion become costume?

Dont get me wrong, I loved the hair for Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2010. This post is more about why I, as a hairdresser, like it. After all, this is a blog about hair.

First of all, the comeback of the snood. You know, that oversized hairnet thing that they're wearing.

Is this the very thin line that the hair (and make up) over shadowed the clothes? Or maybe I’m just looking at it through hairdresser eyes and cant distance myself enough.

Here are some reference photos

Marie Antoinette

Portrait of Marie Antoinette

Promotional still of Kirsten Dunst from Sofia Coppla's

Charles Dana Gibson's illustrations.

On describing the Gibson girl.

Susan E. Meyer, in her book America's Great Illustrators did it best and most simply:

"She was taller than the other women currently seen in the pages of magazines infinitely more spirited and independent, yet altogether feminine.

She appeared in a stiff shirtwaist, her soft hair piled into a chignon, topped by a big plumed hat. Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.

She was poised and patrician. Though always well bred, there often lurked a flash of mischief in her eyes."


Nagi Noda- wild wild life

I know I’m heading towards some arty stuff here, however, as a hairdresser this is just awe inspiring stuff. It kinda makes me mad only because I didn’t think of it myself.

Nagi Noda (1973- September 7, 2008) was a Japanese pop artist and director born in Tokyo.
Among her works are the short film 'Mariko Takahashi’s Fitness Video For Being Appraised As An “Ex-Fat Girl”', and the half panda-half something else-hanpanda life sized figures. Other works include direction of a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola with music by Jack White, a collaboration with Medicam Toy to produce Nagi Noda Be@rbrick, and the video for “Hearts On Fire" by Cut Copy, it was the last music video she made.
Nagi died on September 7th, 2008 at age 35, after surgical complications from injuries sustained in a traffic accident the previous year.

Feel free to click the links for more details.


The hair collector

Would you like to give me a hair from your head? 

I am currently working on an art project where I collect hair. I want one hair only from each person and anyone who wishes to may contribute to the project. It is important that those who give do so in their own free will. I also want them to personally pull out the hair they wish to give me. The hairs will be displayed in one or more exhibitions. 
In addition I wish to do performances and produce books in connection with this project. How the final result will be is not yet settled. I will take good care of the collected hairs. In case you wish to be anonymous and give a hair, that’s ok. But if you wish to give away a hair, and at the same time submit some personal information, that’s even better.


Year of birth:

Place of birth,


Date of hair removal:

Place, country while hair was removed:


If you wish to donate a hair to this project I would appreciate it very much. 
If in addition you would like to pass this message along to your local and distant friends that would be a great help, too. Obviously they may let the message keep going and the further away from me the invitation goes the better. If you would like to collect hairs from your friends feel free to send many hairs and information in an envelope. 
If you would like to provide me with your e-mail address I will keep you updated on the development of the project.

Shipment address:
Kurt Johannessen
Nyhavnsbakken 3 
5042 Bergen 

Sincerely yours,
Kurt Johannessen

The information about the participants and their hair will be separated. 
It is not possible to link the hair to the person.

For questions, please mail: kurt@zeth.no