Prepare to step back in time this AW 2012 as the 1960’s bee-hive looks set to be the ‘do’ of the season. So, as we prepare to back-comb our hair to oblivion, FashionBite has taken a look back at the history of the retro do for inspiration.
Also known as the B-52, due to its similarity to the bulbous tip of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber, the bee-hive was developed in downtown Chicago in 1960 after Margaret Vinci Coiffures were asked by the editor of Modern Beauty Salon magazine to design a new hairstyle to reflect and welcome the coming decade.
It seemed Margaret Vinci hit the nail on the back-combed head with her creation, which went on to become synonymous with the swinging decade. Made iconic in 1961 by Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s character Holly Golightly, the beehive also became a trademark of 1960’s girl-band The Ronettes, as well as stars like Dusty Springfield and Brigitte Bardot.
Thanks to the likes of Amy Winehouse who brought the kitsch style back into our consciousness with her own 21st century- Camden Market approach, the term ‘beehive’ is now used more loosely to describe a huge array of styles, providing they are built around that all important back-combing. Wear it high as you can like models in Carolina Herrara’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show in New York, in a half-up, half-down style or incorporate it into your ponytail.
The bee-hive is incredibly versatile – although admittedly hard-work – all you need is a good brush, a can of hairspray and a spare couple of hours.