Vintage Hair Styling at iMuseum

– Posted on Wednesday 24th April 2013

Fans of vintage styling are in for a treat at the iMuseum on Thursday 2nd May as students from the Isle of Man College’s Hair and Beauty Department recreate retro hairstyles inspired by the fashions of the 1950s and 1960s in a live styling challenge.

The students have been using archive photographs and films drawn from Manx National Heritage’s collections to achieve the complicated hairstyles as part of their course training this year and will be putting their skills into practice during the event. Visitors are invited to come along to pick up tips and tricks from the students as they style their models, and they will also be able to access the iMuseum’s amazing digitised collections.

Katie King, Community Engagement Officer for Manx National Heritage said;

We were so impressed by the Victorian and Edwardian hairstyles created by the hairdressing students in 2012 that we wanted to work with them again, this time with a vintage Hollywood glamour feel. Fortunately we have lots of images and film footage in our archives showing the glamour of the Isle of Man during the fifties and sixties, including images of the popular bathing beauty competitions held on the Island every summer season. These have inspired the students, who will also be staging a beauty and fashion show as part of the event.”

Lindsey Jackson, Hair and Beauty Assistant Programme Manager for the Isle of Man College commented;

“Our students have really enjoyed the challenge of re-creating the styles from the archive collection, but we have been using modern techniques and equipment. We are all really looking forward to the event!”

Visitors are invited to the iMuseum from 10am – 1pm on Thursday 2nd May to watch the live styling event. The beauty and fashion show will begin at 12noon. Admission is free.

Image caption: Swinging Sixties – Launch of Radio Caroline at the Palace Ballroom 1964 © Manx National Heritage.

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